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Concerning our request for the abolition of the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine! The answer from Suwa Taisha, after Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a strong petition.

June 15, 2014
Concerning our request for the abolition of the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine!
The answer from Suwa Taisha, after Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a strong petition.


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●The answer from Suwa Taisha

諏訪大社返信S


<Translation>
To : Ms. Akiko Yui
Inuneko Kyusainowa, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital

We received your questionnaire date at January 7, 2014.
Our Kawazugari Shinji (Shinto ritual of hunting frogs) is specified in so many old precious books and it continues to this day in earnest.
Suwa Taisha handed down the traditional culture orally for over 1000 years.
This is a very important Shinto ritual under the faith of Suwa.
We want to ask you to understand it.
Please be kind to accept our answer.

February 5, 2014
Suwa Taisha
Representative
Kazutaka KITAJIMA



●Demands letter from Inuneko Kyusainowa to Suwa Taisha.

To : Mr. Kazutaka Kitajima
Repersentative
Suwa Taisha

From : Akiko Yui
Representative
Inuneko Kyusainowa
TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital

June 15, 2014

Concerning the Shinto ritual of hunting frogs.

Thank you so much for your answer about your Shinto ritual of hunting frogs.
Your answer was;
1. This is a historical Shinto ritual which is written in a Kamakura period book (1185-1333 CE)
2. This is traditional culture, which is handed down orally by reverent ujiko (shrine parishioners).
3. For these reasons, this Shinto ritual will be continued.

To read your answer, I’m embarrassed that we didn’t have any knowledge about the history of Suwa Taisha and Shinto.

I apologise for our late answer.
We have been rescuing dogs and cats from Fukushima.
And also we have studied old books of Suwa Taisha to get to know your many Shinto rituals.

The reason is specified below.
But we would like to demand strongly that you use a replacement, rather than live frogs.
To skewer live frogs is an inappropriate Shinto ritual for our Shrine in present time.
It could be done symbolically, using a frog doll, or even pictures, instead of torturing and killing living things.
Please consider for our demand.

Our examination for Shinto ritual of hunting frogs is follows;
• Shinto ritual of frog hunting is specified in one of the old books “Suwa Taisha (Suwajyosya butsukirei)”. But the true meaning of this Shinto ritual has various interpretations. It says that the true meaning is indistinctness.
• Ikushima Tarushima Shrine in Hiroshima also have a Shinto ritual hunting frogs. But they just act, shooting a bow from the bridge, rather than actually killing frogs.
• Suwabiraki Suwa Shrine in Kyoto use frog’s potter’s ware for their Shinto ritual hunting frogs.
• Researching the history of your shrine, it is found that you tied a boy to a pillar (a form of sacrifice) as a Shinto ritual. But that has been discontinued now with the changing of people’s consciousness. I think to preserve the true meaning of culture and tradition should involve abolishing the cruel Shinto ritual, or replacing humans and animals with other things as the sacrifice.

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Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
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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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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