Making Up for 20 Years of Delay in Animal Welfare Policy

Photo: The National Diet Press Club in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence

The Tokyo Olympics is now underway.

Severe traffic restrictions have been imposed around the venues of the games, and this is having a major impact on the lives of the people who have been forced to exercise self-restraint. Various opinion polls show that more than half of the Japanese people are reluctant to host the Olympics, but when the games start, the mass media goes all out to introduce the medalists, and the people seem to be wondering whether they should be happy or not.

Under these circumstances, each political party has started to make campaign promises for the House of Representatives election in autumn. The World Dog Alliance analyzes the efforts of each party from the standpoint that humans should be kind to animals and protect the environment.

When we look at the policies of each party from this perspective, we realize that the concept of animal welfare is finally taking root. However, the reality is that although each party is aiming to appeal to voters by listing animal welfare and animal protection, they have not yet come up with concrete descriptions of the crucial legal amendments.

In addition, each party is referring to a referendum law to amend the Constitution, but as for specific initiatives, only the discussion of Article 9 of the Constitution has taken precedence and has not led to advanced discussions like those in China, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, where animal welfare is clearly stated in the Constitution.

 It is necessary for the World Dog Alliance to make constant efforts to regain Japan’s animal welfare policy, which is 20 years behind the rest of the world.

The World Dog Alliance will continue to introduce advanced cases of animal welfare in countries around the world to Japanese politics and provide information for each party when they make their election pledges.