99% battery cage eggs
The London Olympics served free range eggs, and the Rio Olympics served cage-free eggs. The Tokyo Olympics will serve battery-cage eggs that are widely being abandoned throughout the world
Pigs in confinement
The London Olympics banned pork from sow-stall while major suppliers voluntarily went sow-stall free for the Rio Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics will serve pork from producers with sow-stall despite the world trend otherwise.
Slaughter without stunning
Treatment of animals in Japanese slaughterhouses won’t even be mentioned at the Tokyo Olympics. In most slaughterhouses chickens have their throats cut without stunning. In the West they have begun to use gassing as a means of slaughter.
The number of broiler chickens not dying instantly in the throat cutting process and being scalded to death in hot water: 279,195, and the number of egg-laying chickens meeting the same fate: 136,798. Total number boiled alive: 415,993 (2015, Japan)
Restrained all day and night
In 73% of Japanese dairy farms, cattle are restrained 24/7 by stanchions, chains, or rope. Cows are not able to move around, let alone exercise. Milk served and used at the Tokyo Olympics will be from restrained cows.
Law being treated as insignificant
The animal welfare law does not function in Japan as most Japanese people think that the law does not apply to livestock, plus the law itself is very loose. Taiwan and Mainland China have laws to protect livestock, under which penalties can be imposed, while Japan doesn’t.
The average rearing density of Japanese broiler chickens is 46.68kg/m2. Some farms even pack chickens to 58.99kg/m2 as there is no regulation. In EU countries, the regulation limits the density to 33kg/m2.
No drinking water before slaughter
50.4% of Japanese cattle slaughterhouses do not have drinking water equipment, thus they do not give cows water on the day of slaughter. The animals have to go without water for up to 24 hours. Some slaughterhouses keep cows restrained with a short rope.
No drinking water before slaughter
86.4% of Japanese pig slaughterhouses do not give drinking water to animals on the day of slaughter. The pigs have to go without water for up to 27.5 hours after arrival at the slaughterhouse. The last time they get water is from a shower to wash away dung and urine on their bodies.
Violence is a standard feature at slaughterhouses. Cows and pigs get punched, kicked, shot by stun guns, have their tails twisted, have their bodies walked over and so forth. Chickens get thrown and their bodies smashed.
Neglected for long periods of time
Egg-laying hens get slaughtered at age one or two. Once chickens arrive at the slaughterhouse after long-distance transportation they are often left overnight. Chickens in lower crates get covered with feces and broken eggs from the upper crates. They can be attacked by wild animals while trapped in the crates.
Exposed to electric light at all times
70% of broiler facilities shut out natural sunlight. Most of the Japanese broiler facilities, including the ones with windows, keep electric lighting on all day, causing mental and physical stress for the birds. EU countries require the birds be in darkness for at least six hours.
The second edition of the supply chain code may be upgraded in March 2018. But there is no good news yet.
The first edition is here.
The Animal Protection Act will be revised in 2018. It’s necessary the law be changed to one the Japanese livestock industry cannot ignore.
96% of Japanese people don't know what "animal welfare" is. We need to raise awareness and we need the voices of those outside Japan.