The chairman of the board of directors for Japan Kennel Club spoke

The chairman of the board of directors for Japan Kennel Club spoke

"Let us shoot the domestic animals and pets dead, one after another, in the off-limits area in Fukushima,”

Reprinting from Yokohama Animal Family.

Extracts from the minutes of the Central Environment Council for Animal Welfare, the 22nd Central Environment Council Animal Welfare Committee.

【Nagamura】*The chairman of the board of directors for Japan Kennel Club. He is a former official in the Ministry of Agriculture. What I said may have been misunderstood. What I wanted to say is that there are so many domestic animals, like pigs and cattle, which are not fit, and impossible to evacuate together. For such domestic animals, if we see a situation in which we won’t be able to rescue them, let us immediately euthanize them by shooting them dead. It takes too much time, and so much energy, to kill them by poison. If they can’t be evacuated, a specialist should euthanize them by shooting. If we can add this into the law, it will be useful for disasters like this one. Of course, it must be understood that this is a reasonable strategy for animal welfare. This is what I wanted to say.

【Hayashi chairman】 The Welfare and Management of Animals Act is quite principled. Committee spokesman Mr. Nagamura meant we have to add the article for cases of disaster.

【Yamazaki committeeman】 To avoid misunderstanding of what committee spokesman Nagamura said, I want to add a comment. I think the Veterinary Association should make a document for allowing euthanasia to take place this way. In fact, the inspector of RSPCA in the UK, (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), use rifles for euthanasia as a matter of choice. They bring the gun by car, locked in a case. They try to minimize trauma to the animals. We have to be precise about what euthanasia means, and then we have to consider what spokesman Nagamura said.


Certainly the RSPCA puts down animals by gun. However this does not apply to healthy animals, even though it is difficult to evacuate them. The former head of the RSPCA Inspectorate, Mr.Tony Crittenden, said 'We do euthanasia for animals which suffer terrible, incurable pain, when it would be cruel to allow that suffering to continue. We don’t call it is euthanasia if it is a painful death like in Japan. We don’t kill easily if there is any possibility of remedy and cure.

※from Mr.Tony Crittenden’s lecture in Japan in 2007.

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