Comparing Koizumi's feelings to my own
Comparing Koizumi's feelings to my own
<Memoirs of Koizumi>
When I was in suffering from aftereffects of the traffic accident in 2006, I saw many tragic news stories about pets. One is the bankruptcy of a Dog Park in Hiroshima.
So many dogs died of hunger or sickness under terrible circumstances.
This country is lacking in specific regulations such as advanced countries have regarding pet businesses and the administration of zoos.
The local policy is more like one of noninterference.
Pets are therefore treated as commodities.
When the business fails, the pets are abandoned irresponsibly.
They die of hunger or sickness, or are killed in the welfare center.
I have been thinking about this situation since the issue of the Dog Park in Hiroshima.
I take it very seriously. Saddened by these present conditions, the more I think about it, the more the pain turns into anger and hatred.
I felt intense anger about the irresponsibility of indifferent response from government offices.
The second one is the news about a dog that couldn’t get away from the precipice.
After this dog was rescued, so many people offered to accept it.
I felt so much anger that the welfare center didn’t consider the happiness of this dog, but rather chose a foster family by lottery.
A dog is not an object.
The welfare center explained that this was because so many people offered, and the center should be fair to everyone. What is fair!?
The happiness of the dog is more important!! If the welfare center's priority was the happiness of this dog, they wouldn’t do a lottery. They would have chosen trustworthy people with adequate rescue experience.
This is why I was angry with this heartless welfare center.
In the end a housewife who has never had dogs before won this lottery.
Then my worries were confirmed. The dog couldn’t fit with that family, and escaped.
I found this on the internet. Also on the internet I researched this country's administration of slaughter. I found out that euthanasia in animal welfare centers is not euthanasia.
They are killed by carbon dioxide, not carbon monoxide.
This means they are killed by suffocation. In this country, the selfishness of humans affects the taking of innocent life. They don't think about how much pain animals have to endure when they are killed. They chose an efficient, safe, and easy way, but a cruel way to kill.
Pets are killed with intense suffering, frothing at the mouth and writhing in agony. Moreover, they don’t confirm the death, and some of them are burned alive.
I was severely shocked, deeply hurt, and angered by this fact.
Since then, many dogs have started to appear in my dreams and ask me to help.
Sometimes Chiro asks me to help them, and also scolds me.
Then I realized that I have a mission in this life: Chiro’s revenge.
My mission is to be the spokesman for thousands of, millions of pets that were killed in sadness, and to plea through my trial the case of their anger and pain. Before, I was thinking to escape after the revenge. I’d be better off dead than being arrested by such rotten nation.
But if I escape I can’t execute my mission. So I changed my mind. I decided to give myself up to the police after I finish my revenge.
I was so desperate to make an appeal to the nation and the local government, about the issues of Hiroshima Dog Park, Brucellosis in the dogs of an irresponsible breeder, and dogs on the precipice.
I thought then perhaps the animal welfare matter has advanced a little.
But the horrible situation continues for abandoned dogs, cats, birds, pigs and cattle in the Fukushima off-limits area.
I was so desperate to run in such battlefield.
How much difference is there in the feelings between Koizumi and me?
I felt the same as he did.
I didn’t kill anyone.
Because I was scared and coward. If I could, would I have killed anyone?
No way. Because I think murder is no good.
I am also against capital punishment.
However, if capital punishment continues, what about people who failed to rescue millions of lives, and instead slaughtered?
If all life is equal, how many capital punishments should these people suffer?
Can there be no real atonement for this crime?
Since I adored “The witch Sally” from when I was a child untill now, if someone asked me what I would like to be in the future, I always answered that I would like to be a witch, or invisible.
I want to scold bad people. I want to make people who have done terrible things to the weak apologize for that. People who are satisfied with their position, status and financial power, who can't be bothered to remedy acts of atrocious cruelty against the voiceless and powerless, people utterly lacking in compassion should be in jail until they change their mind.
This is why I want to be invisible.
Seeing animals in Fukushima die of hunger, my mind screams “Let me be invisible!” I thought "couldn't it be possible with the modern science?"
I want to be a person who can say what I think.
I want to be a person who can listen to others' opinions.
In Chiro’s revenge case, I want to see the original decision overturned.
I think about 500 dogs and cats that will be killed tomorrow.
If we rescue one, another one comes. Many like Chiro go into the disposal machine.
I feel bound by the practical limits on results of the hard efforts of humane associations and individual volunteers, As a contemporary Japanese citizen I can’t forget this case of Chiro’s revenge.
We handed 200 signatures over to the Supreme Court on May 3rd as a first step.
It is not only Koizumi who wounds hearts by the killing of dogs and cats.
Tokyo Detention House.
Tokyo Detention House in Kosuge. The death penalty carried out here.
We kindly asked for your continued efforts.
SAVE TAKESHI KOIZUMI, A MAN WHO KILLED THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RUTHLESS DEATH OF HIS DOG
From Petition Site by Claudia Sumitomo.
Why this is important to me.
SAVE TAKESHI KOIZUMI, A MAN WHO KILLED THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RUTHLESS DEATH OF HIS DOG
Takeshi Koizumi suffered a tremendous emotional shock at the age of 12 when his dog was snatched by the dog catchers from his younger sister and culled almost immediately. On that day he vowed to avenge his beloved Chiro later in adulthood by killing those responsible for such cruel policies. 34 years went by since the accursed day when Chiro was put to death. In 2008 Koizumi places a talisman around his neck containing Chiro’s photograph and a few tufts of his hair, and goes to stab to death one of the former administrative vice ministers of the Japanese Health Ministry and his wife. This ministry and its administrative vice minister are responsible for determining the policy of the pounds ( the so-called Animal Love and Protection Centers) where, over a three-day period, cats and dogs are disposed of, suffering an agonizing death in gas chambers - the ‘dream boxes’ - , with no effort to look for adoptive families. Furthermore, in the past, before gas chambers became common in Japan, dogs were beaten to death, a fate that, in all likelihood, Chiro suffered.
Koizumi didn’t commit murder only for his Chiro; he rebelled against the whole system of putting animals down ruthlessly – he did it to avenge millions of animals killed over the years.
The boy who vowed to avenge his dog and the man who rebelled for the sake of the animals is now on Death Row, waiting to be hanged.
Please sign this petition in order to gather enough signatures to ask the Emperor of Japan, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice to grant a pardon to this man who already suffered so much, and the Japanese Supreme Court to consider this case with fairness and impartiality.
If you want to know Koizumi’s whole story, look for the e-book IN THE NAME OF THE DOG – The True Story of Takeshi Koizumi and His Quest for Animal Rights on Amazon Kindle (KDP Select).
I agree with the charge in principal.
But I plead not guilty.
I still believe that I killed demon which has wicked heart, not human.
Wicked low Rabies Prevention Act made by the Ministry of Welfare which is current Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
By this low, innocent dogs are slaughtered idly every day.
I believe only demon which has wicked heart can slaughter which is evil, savage, cruel, simplistic, selfish, unfair and unforgivable.
Always people say that “that isn’t sufficient reason to murder people.”
I oppose this opinion.
“That isn’t sufficient reason to murder dogs.”
Explain before criticizing my revenge why only the life of people is holy!
Explain the reason to slaughter over 1000 innocent dogs!
Explain the reason to dispose pets like garbage!
At last, people with full of ego never understand me!
December 1, 2009
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