Annual event, “Be kind to animals week” is scheduled from 20 -26 September in Japan. It was one of the events that I rarely remember being involved, as all I remember is the poster which was displayed at primary school.
The event is organised by Japanese Ministry of the environment. I have checked what kind of events are organised. Apart from the main event, such as Animal protection promotional poster competition, each prefecture is responsible to organise their own events.
As a main event organised by the ministry, online symposium is scheduled on 25 Sept, which I can participate!
In this symposium, there will be some panel discussions by mainly academics with topics such as “Pets in the future”, “Relationships with pets”.
This year, there were several big news in relation to pets, for example, update in animal protection law, or just recently, the Japanese government (Ministry of the environment) and Amazon Japan announced their partnership with support to give/receipt of rescue dogs & cats. I am interested in what kind discussions it will be.
According to Wikipedia, the Be kind of animals week started in the US with the purpose of strengthening ties between animals and human in 1915. As a main event, with sponsorship with Universal Studio, the children who showed their passion of loving animals, will be awarded…a big animal loving country!
A lovely spring day in Melbourne. When I was walking with my friend who wanted to see Saki after a while, I received a call from my sister in Japan. She told me Eve (ex rescue dog, she came to me sister’s about 8 weeks ago.) ran off. She told me she contacted the founder of the shelter where Eve came from and will report to the local police (unfortunately, in Japan pet is treated as an ‘object”, then will make a poster (missing dog) to ask for the neighbours.
My husband & I felt so useless as we live so far away from her. However, I couldn’t stop from doing something from here and emailed the the local council, public animal shelter and prefectural (Gifu ken) animal shelter to ask for their help. Further, I posted the poster on the FB group (foster parents group and another pet group in Japan and asked for their help by sharing the poster. About 3o mins later, one of the foster parents who read my FB post contacted me, “my friend who lives nearby says she/he will come to look for Eve!” I was so moved by such kindness of these people!. My sister sounded being in tears to hear it.
In Australia, we would contact the local vet, if our dog goes missing or found a pet on the street. Having a microchip in pets are compulsory in Australia. Also to register pets is also a must, so most of the missing pets return to their owners in Australia.
I feel so disappointed…What if Eve had a microchip…. I remembered the revised Animal protection law in 2019 (I mentioned about this in my past blog) had something about getting the microchipped for the pet will be a law. I checked again and found out it will be become legal for all breeders to get microchipped.
However, all revision of the Animal protection law is implemented gradually, and the microchip is to be launched at the last stage. It is not going to be legal until Jun 2022. Further, all breeders must get the pets microchipped at the vet, but this doesn’t apply for the pets that come from shelters. They are only encouraged to get microchipped.I feel this is strange, because like Eve’s case the dogs/cats that come from shelters tend to escape and be missing, and they need microchipped.
I wonder if each council covers the cost of the microchip for the pets that come from shelter. Also I noticed that the pet owners are required to register their pet to the company which manages the registration . It is doubtful how easy the process is going to be. I wonder if each council manages the pet registration like Australia. Also in Australia the cost to get the pet microchipped is much cheaper, if they are de-sexed.
My husband told me about Air tag by Apple. There are positives and negatives about this product, but it is worthwhile having it on Eve to use as a GPS. I am going to purchase one for Eve so that she can carry it when she returns.