Please spread information to your friends overseas about the abolition, or use of substitutes, for the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers at Suwa Taisha shrine.

July 31, 2015
Please spread information to your friends overseas about the abolition, or use of substitutes, for the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers at Suwa Taisha shrine.

We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, and TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital, oppose the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine in Nagano prefecture.

The Shinto ritual using frogs is a cruel ritual involving the sacrifice of live frogs on skewers every year on January 1.
We have been requesting abolishment of this ritual, or the use of substitutes.

This year on January 1, we went to Suwa Taisha shrine to protest with other humane associations and lawyers.
They said that it has been a traditional Shinto ritual for a long time, and they won’t stop.
We couldn’t make them stop, but the discussion has been heating up in the media.

We think the tradition should change in form, in line with the change of consciousness of people, and with the times.
In fact, in the past Suwa Taisha shrine sacrificed and beheaded 75 deer. According to one report, the Meiji government prohibited this because of the extreme cruelty.
In the museum of Suwa Taisha shrine, deer’s heads and skewered rabbits are exhibited.
We could witness their cruel ritual.

It is sophism that they don’t stop because of tradition.
Most of the traditional Shinto rituals in Suwa Taisha shrine have abolished sacrifice, or use substitutes.
Ikushimatarushima shrine in Nagano stopped using live frogs, and just imitates sacrifice by shooting the bow.



Frogs are easier to get than deer or rabbits.
Or maybe they are easier to kill.
However, people recognized that sacrificing deer, and skewering rabbits, is cruel.
We, in present time, strongly reject the idea of showing this ritual to children.
It is said that young criminals begin by abusing small creatures like frogs, then move on to cats, and then finally people.
There is concern about he how abuse of small creatures might influence young minds and bodies.

Please think about it, and share this information with your friends.


We continue to demand that Suwa Taisha shrine use a substitute, rather than using a live frog for this cruel Shinto ritual.

■You should stop cruelties to any creature

■Cruelty of adults is virtually handed down to children via live frogs on skewers

■Stop the skewering of live frogs! Request a substitute,

■The Japanese should open their hearts and love small lives.


Every year on January 1st, Suwa Taisha shrine holds a Shinto ritual in which they dig up the torpid frogs, and kill them by impaling them on skewers.
What kind of meaning will this useless torture-killing have in present times?

“Kawazugari Shinji” is a traditional shinto ritual at Suwa Taisha Shrine.
They skewer live frogs with a tree branch.
We want to make them stop the infliction of pain and suffering on the animal.
Please call Suwa Taisha shrine, and tell them to use a substitute instead of a living frog.

TEL 0266-52-1919


Raise this voice again and again.

Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine on January 1, 2015.






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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.

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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