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Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a fax to Suwa Taisha Shrine concerning our thoughts on the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers.

December 17, 2014
Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a fax to Suwa Taisha Shrine concerning our thoughts on the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers.

To: Mr. Kazutaka Kitajima
Representative
Suwa Taisha

From: Ms. Akiko Yui
Inuneko Kyusainowa, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital

December 16, 2014


We received your answer dated December 10.
We are very disappointed as you repeat the same explanation; that this is a very important Shinto ritual under the faith of Suwa, and you will do this on January 1st, 2015.

We would like to tell you our thoughts.

There is a contradiction in the rationalization for perpetrating cruelty.
If you explain this as a vital Shinto ritual which you protect with ujiko (shrine parishioners), why did you abolish the sacrifice of deer or rabbit and now use stuffed animal for those rituals?

2. Tradition won’t be able to continue without consideration for cruelty.
Our hope is not to stop the Shinto ritual of hunting frogs.
We ask you to use a substitute, or pretend to shoot the frog.
When social approval is lacking, tradition is generally brought into alignment with social norms by the use of suggestive performance, with ritual enactment with effigies.
Without such appropriate reforms, the Shinto ritual of frog hunting will likely disappear completely sometime soon.

3. To whom does the Shinto shrine belong? (It is not only for ujiko (shrine parishioners).
Suwa Taisha, which is a Shinto shrine, is a prominent shrine, and has a public characteristic.
Suwa Taisha is not only for ujiko in the Suwa area.
Visitors come from all over the world.
The Shrine should be for anyone who visits and pays for various Shinto purifications.
In addition, Suwa Taisha shrine received public moneys, in the form of 1,400,000 yen for repairs, from the city in 2013. And in 2014, subsidies totalled more than 20 million yen from the government.
http://www.bunka.go.jp/Bunkazai/hojo/h26_02/pdf/nagano.pdf
http://www.city.suwa.lg.jp/web/gikai/GikaiReport/GikaiReport51_20130201.pdf

These costs come from citizens via taxes.
Suwa Taisha shrine is not only for ujiko, but for all of the nation.
Suwa Taisha should listen the opinion of citizens, and revise the Shinto ritual to avoid this cruelty.

For these reasons, again we ask you to stop the skewering of live frogs.


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Please spread the information in your Facebook, twitter and blog.
Let’s stop the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers on January 1st.
Please call Suwa Taisha.
TEL 0266-52-1919

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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.

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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.
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