All Life In a Viable Environment
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Anti Vivisection Action Network
The Number of Dogs and Cats Destroyed in 2008
The Number of Dogs/Cats Destroyed was Reduced by 23,000
ALIVE conducted Nationwide Animal Control
Questionnaire Survey 2008 (the period is from April 1, 2008
to March 31, 2009).
The survey showed that the number of dogs/cats destroyed
in the period was 286,479. Compared to 2007, the number
of dogs destroyed decreased by 16,699 and cats by 7,279.
The total number of dogs and cats destroyed was decreased
Since 2008, some local governments have implemented the
Animal Handling and Management Plan, in order to reduce
the number of animals destroyed by half. However, it seems
that the effect of the plan has not really been as good
as hoped for as of yet.
On the other hand, concerning dogs, the number of dogs brought
in to pounds and the number of dogs captured by local governments
have continuously decreased. In fact, the number of dogs
been reduced by 15,000 every year, at this rate it will
be possible to eliminate the destruction of dogs in 5 years.
This is the result of various efforts.
Problem with Local Government and
Some of the breeders bring in dogs that they
were using for breeding to local governments to be destroyed
after the dogs are no longer useful to them. Breeders are
considered “pet owners”, so they are required
to look for new owners, when they can no longer keep the
dogs. They are the ones who are responsible in informing
people about taking care of the dogs rest of their lives.
Breeders must stop giving up their ownership and bringing
their dogs to local government run pounds to be destroyed.
When the reality of the pet industry is revealed more and
more, consumers will avoid buying dogs and cats from pet
shops that practice mass-producing animals.
The Biggest Challenge is to Reduce the Number of
The number of cats that are brought in by
their owners was decreased by 16,000. On the other hand,
the number of stray cats (including outdoor cats whose owners
are not identified) that were brought in
increased by 10,000. This indicates that cat owners have
improved living up to their responsibilities as cat owners,
but in contrast, the problem with stray cats (including
outdoor cats) has become more serious. Local activities,
such as “Community Cats” should be implemented
in order to greatly reduce the number of cats destroyed.
of Dogs and Cats Destroyed by Local Authorities in FY
No. of dogs disposed of at owner’s request
No. of dogs of unknown ownership seized
No. of lost dogs impounded (returned to owners)
No. of dogs transferred to new owners
No. of dogs supplied to animal experimentation facilities
No. of injured dogs (returned to owners)
No. of dogs destroyed
No. of cats disposed of at owner’s request
No. of cats of unknown ownership seized 123,484
No. of lost cats impounded (returned to owners)
No. of cats supplied to animal experimentation facilities
No. of injured cats (returned to owners)
No. of cats destroyed
ALIVE Research: Dogs and
Cats Destroyed in Japan.