☆Report, and thanks for protest action at Suwa Taisha shrine on New Year’s day 2017.

January 2, 2017
☆Report, and thanks for protest action at Suwa Taisha shrine on New Year’s day 2017.

Please stop cruel rituals involving the use of living creatures.

January 1st, 2017, we, Inuneko Kyusainowa, conducted a protest action at Suwa Taisha Shrine, along with other humane associations and volunteers.
We arranged the official permission from the authorities, and appealed legally.

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Group demonstration action permit.

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10 animal protection activists gathered.
They specialize in different animals, and represented a variety of animal rights activities.
But there was a common hope for using dolls or other effigies as substitutes for small living creatures (frogs), and for stopping the cruel ritual of skewering living frogs.

Suwa Taisha shrine didn’t perform the Shinto ritual “frog hunting” at Mitarai river as they had last year, but did it behind closed doors.
This is not Shinto ritual anymore.

The voices of approval for our cause are increasing.
We have so many supporting messages.
Thank you so much!


We also received e-mail from an Ujiko (Shrine parishioner).
We all have the same wish to greet the new year with joy.
However, there can not be happiness in the sacrifice of an animal.
What if you or your pet had to be sacrificed for Shinto ritual, how would you feel?
Would you happily offer your family for sacrifice?
Or perhaps some other life?

This time, we didn’t go into the river.
But last year, we heard that if women go into the river, the river becomes corrupt.
We hope for a society without discrimination and abuse of the weak.

We continue to protest this cruel Shinto ritual.
We’ll never give up, until the day when ritual slaughter disappears from Shinto practice.

We would appreciate further cooperation from all of you.

Akiko Yui
Representative
Inuneko Kyusainowa
January 1st, 2017


Here are the contents of our appeal.

The new year's day rite commonly known as “frog hunting” is a Shinto ritual involving skewering living frogs with a sharp stick.
We ask that they stop this cruel Shinto ritual, and use substitutes, such as dolls.
Bizarre murder cases involving the casual taking of human life are increasing.
Also abuse of weak, or vulnerable people is increasing year by year.
We have to stop it.
Overseas, events of “sacrifice", involving infliction of pain, and death of animals, are being abolished one by one.

We ask for your cooperation to realize “Japan without abuse”.
Thank you so much.

All the volunteers against the “frog hunting” Shinto ritual of the Suwa Taisha shrine.
              

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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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