I expect you do no nothing. I just thought it would be useful to dump all evidence and information is one place where foreigners are likely to find it easily ... if they are interested about the issue. I guess there are a lot more readers than contributors to this forum.
Originally Posted by YokohamaTommy
As for the groups, I am sure that if anyone dropped a few bags of kitty litter or dog chow on them, they would be more than grateful. For those of us that had dogs back home, especially big dogs, there is a pleasure to be had taking one of them for the best walk it is ever likely to have in the rest of its sorry life here.
State or art, even in Japan, suggests 'Trap Neuter Release' (TNR) is the cheapest and most effective route to go. The current system is choked beyond capacity and stupidly expensive. As part of people's education in Japan, I serious suggest going to seeing one of the Aigo centers is you want to see your tax yen is wasted in such a sad way ... with real human cost to. Imagine "emptying the rubbish" like that day in day out.
As I have lamented previously, Japan has a serious
stray cat problem. So you set up a no-kill shelter. That takes lots of money. Who's going to pay for that? Aren't taxes high enough?
In the wild, feral cats will survive perhaps 5 years ... and they do provide a service to society of killing vermin populations in check. Low numbers are acceptable. Indeed, historically, this is how and why they exist. They are not native to Japan and were specifically released by order to do just so (saving the silk crop). Culling does not work because as soon as you remove one population, another population expands into the void you have created.
The 'human-bureaucratic' problem is an attitudinal one in favor of non-intervention (not neutering) which then leads to overpopulation and 'nuisance' which then leads to genocide which as it can never be successful ... and underlines the streak of cruelty and the undervaluing of life in Japanese society.
Just 60 - 70 years ago you could remove domestic animals from the equation and replace with 'Chinese peasants' and you would have very much the same machine and infrastructure doing the same thing.
With the death of Buddhism, and the rise of materialism, the traditional valuing of life has been reduced to lip service. Itadakimasu ...the "whole personality" has been replaced with "no personality".
That is fair to say but perhaps starting the discussion is the beginning. Such ideas are "foreign" to modern Japan ... but then so are most of the cats and dogs.
You are simply appealing to people's sense of guilt and the shock value with these videos. And maybe that's a good thing for people to think about. But in itself, that will accomplish nothing
to solve the basic problems which are unique to Japan's stray animal issues. Why not focus on a realistic and sustainable
I think the other human problems are the the worship of the kirei (emp. 'tidy'), 'shikata ga nai and keeping your nose out of problems' factor. It needs people to come forward, get their hands dirty, take the brunt of the authority's rejection ... and then let the locals get on with it wonderful. It also needs people to speak out and berate others until they get the message it is unacceptable.
This is happening. Almost all of the shaker and movers were and still are foreigners in Japan. One that can get out of bar/Roppongi (although I dare say Roppongi has its cat problems too).
At present, they realize there's almost no chance for the animal to get adopted because ... like the women ... everyone wants a young, pretty, fashionable and kawaii one ... and less people wants a second hand one. Restriction need to be made at the supply (shutting down breeders and pet shops as has happened in other nations) and changes at the demand end (abroad, a save dog or cat is a cool thing to have).
Let's start with the kill method, because I actually think the capture method is pretty efficient. In America, the animal is usually given a week before destruction. Why only one day in Japan? My feeling is that because of the numbers are larger?
Germany, for example, has wonderful dog laws and expensive licensing which would kill dead instantly 95% of dog abuse in Japan, i.e. a dog must have a set minimum floor and movement space. (Of course, it would also reduce 95% of dog ownership as few can afford such space but that is the point!).
From what I hear from friends and read, workers at the Aigo centers are just as gutted and carrying a significant burden. The resistance point is the usual 'government - industry - bureaucracy' complicity. "If there is big money to be made ... damn the cost to society and the animals" The "Big 4" mentioned above.
This is about the only point that I will disagree with you on. I think partly they are stuck by the status quo and largely they lack alternative experiences/imagination. The Japanese instigators who are involved do see to have done time abroad ... and then are finding local supporters.
I find it hard to believe that the Japanese have not examined and measured this in great detail already.
The whole animal rights/animal welfare thing is way behind the times in Japan and the tradition of brutality not so long ago.
I would emphasis that it is part of the tradition of Japan prior to the Western intervention in the 1870s which ended 1,000 of Buddhist vegetarianism and co-existence (... you can blame the Ambassador Townsend Harris for putting the milk and steak on the table) and the general level of kindness still exists at the foundations of the society.