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Petitioning Tokyo Mayor

Tokyo Mayor: Commit to a "zero" kill policy on animal shelters

Two hundred thousand cats and dogs are killed in animal shelters every year in Japan. Nearly 1/3 of these animals are former pets, brought in by their owners -- and they are usually put to death within days, before any effort is made to find them new owners.

The killing happens everywhere, but some cities are better than others. Through great efforts by the city and citizens alike, the percentage of animals killed in Tokyo's shelters has been reduced to 20%.

In addition, critical changes were made to the animal management law were made this past summer.  The newly elected mayor now has a legal obligation to act to minimize killing of animals in shelters.

I recently read and was moved by a book called "Zero" which chronicles the efforts of a public animal shelter in Kumamoto to become a no-kill shelter.

This shows that a "zero" policy is possible -- and if Tokyo leads the way, the rest of the country's animal shelters will also follow.

We have only a few weeks left until the election on Dec. 19. Please sign my petition and I'll make sure to deliver your signatures to each mayoral campaign.

With your help, we can help to take Tokyo along the path to becoming the first Japanese city to go entirely "zero".

Letter to
Tokyo Mayor
Please commit to reducing the number of animals killed in animal shelters in Tokyo.

Two hundred thousand cats and dogs are killed in animal shelters every year in Japan. Nearly 1/3 of these animals are former pets, brought in by their owners -- and they are usually put to death within days, before any effort is made to find them new owners.

The killing happens everywhere, but some cities are better than others. Through great efforts by the city and citizens alike, the percentage of animals killed in Tokyo's shelters has been reduced to 20%.

Critical changes were made to the animal management law were made this past summer. The newly elected mayor will have a legal obligation to act to minimize killing of animals in shelters.

If Tokyo leads the way, the rest of the country's animal shelters will also follow.

東京都知事選の立候補者各位

多くの犬猫が殺処分されている現況を東京都が率先して改善する必要があります。

新たに都知事となる方には、この課題にぜひ取り組んで頂きたいのです。東京を、殺処分「ゼロ」を達成する日本で最初の都市にしてくださるよう請願いたします。

20万匹の犬猫が、毎年動物愛護センターで殺処分されています。そのうち、30%が普通のペットとして飼われていた子達で、飼い主によりセンターに持ち込まれています。そして、その子達はほとんど次の飼い手を探す努力をされないまま、数日以内に処分されてしまうのです。

殺処分は全国で行われていますが、一部の地域では改善されています。多くの方々の努力により、都内の動物愛護センターでは、殺処分率は既に20%まで減少しているそうです。

そして昨年、殺処分問題解決への糸口となる「動物の愛護及び管理に関する法律」が改正され「都道府県知事が各愛護センターの職員達に殺処分がなくなるよう目指すよう指導する」と規定されました。

新しい都知事は、殺処分問題に取り組む義務があります。

そして殺処分「ゼロ」は決して夢ではありません。

片野ゆかさんが書いた『ゼロ!』という本では、熊本の動物愛護センターでは、職員の方達の努力により、センター内の殺処分率をほぼ 「ゼロ」にした話が本になっています。

東京も「ゼロ」を実現すれば、日本全国の動物愛護センターが、後に続くことになるでしょう。

ぜひ殺処分「ゼロ」を公約にしてください。

迅速なご対応をお願いいたします。