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Animal Protection and Control Law Achieved
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Anti Vivisection Action Network
Revision of the Animal Protection
and Control Law Achieved
For many years ALIVE has been
involved in the movement to revise
the Law Concerning the Protection
and Control of Animals. Following
the previous revision of this law
in December 1999, we mounted a
campaign to further strengthen
the legislation, collecting the
signatures of 150,000 people. In
addition, we made approaches to
the Japanese government, individual
Diet members and related organizations,
and many of our proposals were
taken into consideration. As a
consequence of efforts by ALIVE
and from many other quarters, the
Law Concerning the Protection and
Control of Animals was revised
in July of this year.
In the recent revision, the
following new regulations were
- The national government is charged
with determining the law’s
basic policy, while the prefectural
are responsible for drawing
up basic plans.
- Animal handling businesses are
to be required to participate
in a registration system (in practice
a permit system).
- The breeding of dangerous animals
is to be subject to a permit-based
individual registration system.
- Consideration is to be given
to the welfare of animals
kept for experimentation.
Under the revised law, the Ministry
of Environment will determine a
variety of standards and regulations
by January 2006. ALIVE is expressing
its opinions on this issue too.
Regrettably, almost no controls
over animal experimentation were
including in the recent revision.
However, the law is scheduled for
further revision after five years,
so we will continue our activities
in particular with respect to the
aims of improving the welfare of
experimental animals and farm animals.