Answer from Nagano prefecture for the abolition of the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine.

July 7, 2014
Answer from Nagano prefecture for the abolition of the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine.

We Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a petition to abolish the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine.
I reported the answer from Suwa Taisha.

The answer from Nagono prefecture is as follows;

“Your position is that this event is animal abuse, even if it is Shinto ritual, and you want to abolish it.
We understand that you have been making an effort for animal welfare.
In Nagano prefecture, we actively spread the enlightened concept of animal welfare with the support of thoughtful volunteers like you.
However, using frogs is a traditional religious act from ancient times.
Therefore this is not a case that the prefecture can give our opinion on.
Certainly we understand your opinion, and think about your position.
But please understand that we, Nagano Prefecture, can’t give our opinion to Suwa Taisha.”

This is the answer from Nagano prefecture, health and welfare department.

The administration, which advocates the idea of the animal welfare, can’t say anything about such slaughter under the name of Shinto ritual.
If they can’t do anything under the animal welfare law, this law doesn’t make any sense.
Please see our past blog.

Please share this information with your friends.
Also please send your opinion to Suwa Taisha.
We want to stop this cruel Shinto ritual.
Thank you so much.

Suwa Taisha
“Kamisya Hongu”
1 Nakasu Miyayama, Suwa city, Nagano 392-0015
TEL 0266 52 1919
FAX 0266 52 3303





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