Social Democratic Party deputy party head Mizuho Fukushima presented to the government a memorandum on questions concerning the killing of dogs and cats.

May 9, 2014
Social Democratic Party deputy party head Mizuho Fukushima presented to the government a memorandum on questions concerning the killing of dogs and cats.


Factual investigation of lifelong breeding obligations for the pet industry, concerning leftover dogs and cats.
Economic news, May 2

Social Democratic Party deputy party head Mizuho Fukushima presented the government with a questionnaire on the killing of dogs and cats on May 2.Fukushima said that approximately 210,000 dogs and cats are taken in by local governments, and approximately 160,000 of them are killed in this country over the course of a year. (Ministry of the Environment report)Local governments have attempted to cutback the number of killings, but the nation should actively confront this problem, not just leave it to the local governments.
She submitted information on policies such as those supported by local governments to reflect this in accordance with the revised animal protection law.
The government will show it's position on the matter two weeks later. 

The questionnaire is as follows;
1. Does the National government prefer to actively support the local governments, not just leave the assistance for contraception and castration of stray cats as a responsibility of local governments and volunteers?

2. In the revised animal protection law, article 35-4, it states that the aim is no killing of dogs and cats taken by local governments.....(omission)....but rather, efforts to find foster families.
To realize this, it is necessary to change the animal welfare center from killing facilities to transferring facilities.
What measures will the government employ?

3. Individual local government make efforts to find foster families.
For example, Saga Prefecture Animal Welfare Center holds an adoption event once a month.
Kumamoto City Animal Welfare Center completed exclusive-use facilities for finding foster families.
Is the national government investing in subsidizing nationwide expansion of progress such as the building of these dedicated facilities?
If not already, are there any plans for such expenditures? 

Deputy party head Fukushima also asked whether or not the nation grasps the actual situation of dog and cat distributors, and asked for an investigation of the actual situation.
In the revised animal protection law, article 22-4, dog and cat distributors have a lifelong duty to care for leftover animals.
Also in the article 10-3, the distributors must submit a “Health and safety plan for dogs and cats”, and must describe their management of leftover dogs and cats.
Deputy party head Fukushima thinks that it is necessary to investigate whether these regulations are being practiced correctly, and ascertain the actual situation of leftover dogs and cats.
Do the government and the local governments investigate the actual situation?
If they do, please show us the results.
If they don’t, shouldn't the nation take initiatives to that end? 

Also deputy party head Fukushima asked about efforts to punish violation of animal protection regulations.
The punitive clause of the revised animal protection law should be applied appropriately.
It should pursue appropriate measures for punishment of animal killing, animal abuse, and crimes of abandonment.
How the police keep up with this in the field is particularly important, What is the government position on this?
She will announce the government answers as soon as she receives them.(Ryuji Moritaka) 





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