May 23, 2014
Tochigi prefecture makes an internal investigation of harassment case for suicide of a staff member in response to outside attention.

A male staff member (50) of Tochigi Animal Welfare Instruction Center committed suicide in the middle of April, according to coverage of Tochigi prefecture on the 22nd.
Responding to voices from outside the Center indicating that the cause of his suicide was power harassment, Tochigi prefecture decided to conduct an internal investigation.

Tochigi prefecture said that this man hadn’t gone to work since April 15. He was found on April 20 in a car near the riverbed in Utsunomiya city. The prefectural police consider this to have been a suicide using a briquette.

Humane associations which know this man posted a note on the internet saying he had been harassed. Also Tochigi prefecture received same comments in about 50 phone calls and e-mails before May 21. (Kyodo Tsusin / May 22, 2014)





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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.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital:
We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
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.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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