The Emperor of Japan: Justice forTakeshi Koizumi, a man who killed to avenge his dog

Reprint from Animal Network Japan

To His Excellency the Minister of the Environment 
To His Excellency the Minister of Health and Welfare


The accused Takeshi Koizumi sacrificed his own life to avenge his dog Chiro who was killed 40 years ago in a so-called Health Protection Center. Please make the administration’s lack of an appropriate policy regarding animals a thing of the past and satisfy the following demands, so as Chiro’s death and that of a huge number of cats and dogs would not be pointless and forgotten.

1. Stop immediately the cull of cats and dogs and instead devise a system to send all those meant to be put down to official shelters or give them for adoption.

2. Make the easy and superficial trade of pets, as well as the functioning of pet shops illegal and devise a system that will allow those who wish to have a pet to adopt it from a shelter or an animal protection organization.

3. Devise a 5-year plan to support the education of the people to keep their pets for life, not to throw them away and not let them multiply.

4. Stop discarding pets towards private groups and educate these groups to support the administration.

5. As a responsibility of the administration, deal with and prevent the overpopulation of animals by neutering every year 50 000 stray cats.

6. Make it impossible for irresponsible owners, who are the very reason for the cull of so many animals, to own pets, by making it necessary to have an ownership license, except in cases when pets are rescued. If it is easy to own pets, it is also easy to throw them away and have them killed.

Cats and dogs are now considered part of one’s family and their life is as important as that of human beings. Nevertheless, in Japan about 200 000 cats and dogs are killed every year through suffocation in the gas chambers of Health Protection Centers and Direction Centers. Those who are thrown away, lost, cannot be kept any longer are taken by the administration and killed.

40 years ago, the beloved dog of a twelve-year old boy was killed in a Health Protection Center. When the family went to look for him, the dog had been killed. The boy became an adult and, to avenge his beloved Chiro, he murdered a former administrative vice minister of the Health and Welfare Ministry together with his wife. This ministry was responsible for the policy of eradicating rabies according to which so many innocent and healthy animals were killed. Takeshi Koizumi was sentenced to death for murder, attempted murder, planning murder and carrying weapons illegally and has now made an appeal to the Supreme Court. The main reason of the murder perpetrated by Takeshi Koizumi is our country’s ruthless and wild system of culling cats and dogs devised by the administration. After 40 years, since the convict’s beloved Chiro was put down in a Health Protection Center in Iwakuni, even today this reason is still valid and the cull of a large number of cats and dogs is still going on in Health Protection Centers or Direction Centers. Japan’s ruthless system of putting down cats and dogs is the very reason of this incident, and a trial that doesn’t take this into account cannot be fair. The state should understand Koizumi’s sadness and fury that his beloved Chiro was taken by the dog catchers and killed in a Health Protection Center in his tender years, and should conduct a fair trial, so that a second or third Takeshi Koizumi won’t show up.


If they want my life, they can have it! And let this country stop its cruel crimes henceforth. Stop your atrocious state crimes! Stop torturing and killing innocent cats and dogs in the most absurd and gruesome manner!!! Stop annihilating so many lives following the dictates of your human self-centeredness!

Can one call a country that butchers our beloved animals a peaceful country? Should this merciless country call itself a prosperous, happy country? Is it right to pursue this absurd killing spree in the wake of a wealthy, cozy life?

Finally, I keep asking: why is life sacred? Why is only human life deemed sacred? Why can humans always be forgiven, after senselessly taking away the sacred life of guiltless and helpless beings?

From the Grounds of Appeal
Takeshi Koizumi December 26th 2011

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I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

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The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
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