Public comment for Specified Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan (Asian Black Bear) the second stage (draft) in Gifu prefecture.

February 13, 2014
Public comment for Specified Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan (Asian Black Bear) the second stage (draft) in Gifu prefecture.

We Inuneko Kyusainowa sent the following opinion to Gifu prefecture.

We recommend a thorough program of controlling black bears by releasing them into the wild after training them to avoid humans, rather than the plan that calls for killing them.
In the current version, you insist on killing to avoid damage to humans, but we recommend implementing a thorough program of problem alleviation by re-training and release, and not taking the lives of Asian Black Bears.
This is important for avoiding injury to humans.
It is not possible to prevent problems only by killing.
Killing can lead to the extermination of the bears in this area.
Please use whatever other means possible, relevant to animal welfare, before killing them.
Hyogo prefecture designed and employed the Specified Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan.

It encourages the residents to not leave fruits and rubbish carelessly around the house, and to wrap galvanized iron around fruit trees, or erect electric fences around the fields.
They also use fireworks or fire crackers to scare away bears that come repeatedly.
I believe you are making concerted efforts, but please do more to prevent, research, educate.
In Hyogo prefecture, for bears that come repeatedly, they set traps, capture them, teach them in various way to fear human, and then release them.
Hyogo, Kyoto, Nagayo, Tottori and Shiga prefecture are all using this "teach-and-release" program.
There are some places using the same methods if, for example, they capture a bear with a wild boar trap.Gifu prefecture is cautious, and not inclined towards teach-and-release.
But I wish they would do it positively, with improved methods.

Teach-and-release is one of the best protection and management methods for maintenance of the Asian Black Bear.
It has the additional merit of enabling evaluation of the effects of various measures. It's possible to further empower that aspect by attaching a transmitter to the released bear.
Please give priority to thorough prevention, and make efforts towards employing teach-and-release rather than easy assist.

February 13, 2014
Yui Akiko
Inuneko Kyusainowa

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Article to be worried about the life of guide dog.
The training of guide dogs and hearing assistance dogs is not animal welfare.
We often see the donation box for guide dogs.
Maybe some people think it is animal welfare and donate some money.
Please think about the life of the guide dog.

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/ishikawa/20140203/CK2014020302000036.html

Please accept the retired guide dog.
NPO Eyemate Club Ishikawa appealed.

Do you want to be the owner of a retired guide dog?
NPO Eyemate Club Ishikawa has a volunteer registration system for retired guide dogs.
It's unique system in this country.
They are having difficulty in finding applicants at this point.
“We want a relaxed retired life for dogs that served so hard. Please lend us a cooperative hand.” – they said.

NPO Eyemate Club Ishikawa was founded in 1979 and became a non profit cooperation in 2005.
22 members live with guide dogs trained in the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Eyemate Association in Tokyo.

In general, guide dogs can work until around 10 years of age.
Eyemate club made the volunteer registration system for retired dogs in 2000.
Now so far, 26 dogs have found new owners and are enjoying retired life.5-6 people are currently registered, but none can take the dogs now, because of either work or care of their elderly parents.

2 more dogs are expected to be retired by the end of this year.
The vice chief director, Kenji Miyamura, (72), is quite concerned, and hopes for success in urgent efforts to find host families.

Mr.Miyamura himself is also living with a guide dog.
He said "I want to ask people to take care of the dogs indoors, as they're used to. But there are no special regulations. I want people who will take care of retired dogs with great affection.

Please contact Mr.Miyamura
TEL 076-269-8944
(Yuri Sakai)

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