activities and what we have
Amendment of animal protection law
There was no effective law to protect animals in Japan and the maximum penalty
to animal abuse, no matter how cruel it was, was 30,000 yen (150 pounds). ALIVE
was one of the leading organizations of the network to campaign for amending
this ineffective animal protection law and promoted petition, etc. The law
was amended in November 1999, which increased the maximum penalty to 1,000,000
yen (5,000 pounds).
We are also involved in the efforts of Japanese groups to improve wildlife
Animals in Entertainment
Since 1996, we have been investigating condition of zoos all over Japan and
have made the reports widely available, which shock both the media and the
public. This prompted some conscientious zoo officials to start working on
enrichment plans and resulted in closure of some poorly maintained zoos.
We also conducted investigation on all bear parks in Japan, a joint project
with WSPA, and have been campaigning for closure of some parks and improvement
of conditions for others.
Impeding capture and import/export of wildlife
In 1998, we stopped Fuji Safari Park from purchasing and importing 3 of the "Tuli
elephants" with an internationally coordinated campaign.
In 1999/2000, 2 Japanese aquaria requested for capture and import of wild sea
otters from the Alaskan water. We coordinated efforts with US organizations
and had them withdraw the requests.
In 1999/2000, we campaigned for the return of 4 smuggled baby orangutans back
to Indonesia and the babies were sent back in February. This has made a landmark
case, in which smuggled animals are returned to the country of origin from
Protecting local wildlife
In 1999, we campaigned against wild Japanese macaque monkeys from Takasakiyama
Park, Oita, being sent to a local medical school for experimentation and put
a halt to it.
We have been campaigning against the sale of leg-hold traps, purchase of which
does not require a permit. As the result of our campaign, a regulation will
soon be set.
Our campaigns have resulted in establishing some wildlife protection areas
and put a halt to some extermination programs of "vermin".
Pet Shop Check
Conducting investigation of pet shops; check sheet we have prepared list items
that need to be checked, which let anyone know what to look once in a pet shop.
Our investigation has revealed (sometimes illegal) sale of wildlife as well
as terrible conditions, in which animals are kept in some shops. We also urge
the competent authorities to provide appropriate guidance for improvement.
Working toward abolishing transfer of unwanted companion animals from public
compounds to research laboratories.
In 1991, we took custody of a dog who had been left untreated after some scientific
experimentation and, together with AVA-net, ALIVE's Anti-Vivisection body,
started to campaign against public compounds' giving away unwanted companion
animals to research laboratories in Tokyo, which was followed by our national
campaigns. In 1991, as many as 90,000 unwanted cats and dogs were given away
to research facilities but this figure became less than 10,000 in 1999.
We sponsor lectures, symposiaCntact, and seminars on various
issues concerning animals and environment in many cities and towns
in Japan. We also sponsor exhibits of panels, photos, and videos
as well as handing out brochures and leaflets. Our activities
have been covered by the media-newspapers, magazines, TV programs,
We also encourage lifestyle that is kinder to animals and to our environment,
including promotion of vegetarianism, cosmetics and household products that
are not tested on animals, etc.
goal is to make a world where all creatures
on this planet can live together.