• by: MARY LEARN
  • recipient: Prime Minister of Japan, JAPAN'S CATS & DOGS NEED OUR HELP, Small Animal Support Association


The suffering of animals in Japan

Thank you for taking the time to sign this very important petition.  Please pass this on so others may sign to help the furkids.

The other side of the high-tech-nation Japan

The suffering of animals is without limits %u2013 our fight against this suffering has to be limitless, too!


The public finally has to become informed about the living situation of our animal friends in High-Tec-Japan. There have been several reports about whale-hunting and dolphin massacres for many years. However, not only whales and dolphins suffer and die, slaughtered by humans, but also many other species. They haven%u2019t been taken into account yet by the international animal welfare organizations or animal rights associations, because outside of Japan none or only very few facts about their sad destiny are known by the people.

Therefore I will report through small announcements (multilingual) on the situation of animals as well as the activities of SASA Japan. I will elucidate animal friends all over the world, supported by A.K.T.E. (ArbeitskreisTierrechte & Ethik = association for animal rights & ethics), about extensively unknown grievances in pet husbandry and the handling of animals in general in Japan.

Lydia Tanabe / Speaker SASA Japan (Small Animals Support Association)
A.K.T.E. - Member / Ressort Asia

REPORT 1 / 04.10.2005

The State-Run Gas Chambers


Annually about 400.000 to 600.000 cats and dogs are being gassed state-aided in Japan. Two thirds of the gassed animals are cats and again ninety %u2013five percent of which never even reach the age of six months.The animals mostly come from pet-shops that can not or don%u2019t want to dispose of their animals or from families who want to get rid of their pets that have become annoying or out of fashion.


Those who are responsible for the gas chambers are the so-called "helpdesks for the love of animals and animal welfare" (Doubutsu Aigo Soudan Senta). Prefects or municipal governments are directly responsible for these helpdesks, so that the time limit for the assassinations differs depending on the respective prefect. While some prefects gas their animals even on the day of delivery and others - due to manpower shortages - keep the poor creatures in callow rooms without thermal protection or insulation for cold and without adequate food supplies, in most cases the time limit for dogs is seven to fourteen days and for cats it is between one day or one week, to be adopted, if applicable. The helpdesks also provide research laboratories with a part of the animals for testing purposes.


As many animals as possible are being penned up in the gas chambers on the day of gasification. The gas chamber fills up with gas at the push of a button %u2013 the animals fight and scream for their lives for about ten minutes. When the screaming stops the gas chamber is being transported automatically over a pit full of dead bodies. The bottom of the chamber opens up and the bodies fall into the pit, from where they%u2019re being transported again automatically over an assembly line to be burnt. A part of the animals, primarily very young kittens, survive the gas and will be burnt alive.


According to a survey one third of the Japanese population believes the gas chambers are right, as animals are legally viewed as things, which can be disposed of arbitrarily. About one third of the population feels sorry for the animals, but can not think of an alternative. The last third is against the gasification of dogs and cats.


Lydia Tanabe / Speaker - SASA Japan (Small Animals Support Association) / 04.10.2005
A.K.T.E. - Member / Ressort Asia



Types Of Breeders In Japan

If breeding pets was ethically justifiable, we could still question how to treat these bred individuals.

Throughout the world breeding animals has not been called into question yet, except breeding human beings. At least the treatment of bred animals is slightly regulated by law in many countries. In Japan, however, everyone can be a breeder without any legal restrictions.

There are two kinds of breeders:

One of them exhibits animals to win prizes. For that reason he merely breeds one or two races of one species. 

He only takes care of a few species of animals. Those who don't correspond with the eugenic standards of their race are mostly killed at the state-run gas-chambers or sold to downtown pet-shops for a cheap price. Some of these creature also end up in laboratories or as toys in a pet-zoo.

Above all, the second type of breeder wants to earn money. It is well-known that serious breeding can never be lucrative. Yet as soon as you are sparing with personnel and food, specializing in fashionable pets, denying the necessary socialization of the animals and taking them away from their mothers as early as possible, breeders can earn a fast the "big-yen". No public authority is interested in breeding activities anyway.

The majority of the animals in pet-shops comes from such breeders. In most cases the breeding places are surrounded by barbed wire or high walls. Visitors are not allowed to enter. Nevertheless, one dog breeder succeeded in looking behind the walls. And ... pictures say more than words.

Lydia Tanabe / Speaker SASA Japan (Small Animals Support Association) / 29.12.2005
A.K.T.E. - Member / Ressort Asia


These dogs are put in a cage 80 by 80 cm for almost 10 years. Nobody gives them a second look. Taking them for a walk is out of the question. They have wounds all over their body's. But mayby they will by lucky and they can spend their lost months or years still have a good life. In Japan there are few people or organisations who wants to see this animalsuffering. Those who want to help are doing this day and night.  unfortunately there is not much place available and there is no regulation or laws. These animals suffer en it  painfull to see that. Since the beginning of this year, worldwide is asked for signatures who will be handed over tot the authorities, mayby to do so, there will be a little chance to give these animals a worthy live. 10 months has passed and we only collect 5000 signatures. This is so little that there is a risk the animals will not be helped, on the contrary it will get worse for them. Please, we emphasize that we need a whole lot of signatures.
Please send a protestletter (see below) to info@sasajapan.org. You can send also a letter to us and we deliver it to the right place : Small Animal Support Association (SASA Japan)Minami Aoyama 1-3-6 MBE125Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 JapanI thank you in the name of all animals,Lydia TanabeSasa Japan

 Companion animals are often abused, neglected and killed in Japan. There are no laws that sufficiently protect the lives of companion animals. We strongly hope that companion animals no longer become the victims of such conducts.
We request below to the Prime Minister of Japan, the Japanese Government, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Environment, Animal Welfare Centers in Japan, Prefectural and Municipal Assemblies, Japanese Public Prosecutor%uFFFDfs Offices of various levels, the Metropolitan Police Department of Japan, and Local Police Departments in Japan.

1.  Abolishing the killing of companion animals.
2. Proactive controlling of the abuse, neglect, and abandonment of companion animals.
3. Prohibiting companion animals from being sold via Internet and from being displayed for sale at pet stores and streets.
4. Exercising strict and frequent controls over reproductions or raising of companion animals at pet stores and breeders.
5. Enforcing strict restrictions on the imports of companion animals by businesses.
6. Abolishing the wholesale markets for companion animals.
7. Establishing systems which can respond swiftly to calls by increasing the number of staff members at animal welfare centers.
8. Thoroughly informing the police and other related personnel of the government of the animal welfare/protection laws.
9. Providing support for the activities of organizations, citizens groups and individuals who are active in protecting neglected or abandoned animals, conducting spaying/neutering and for establishing shelters for the victim companion animals.
10. Transferring the current dog and cat holding/killing facilities into the shelters for protection and adoption 

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