Take action against the new Wildlife Damage Prevention Act!
Habitat loss forces wild animals in Japan to migrate into cultivated areas where they invariably cause some damage.
Rather than trying to protect or restore their natural habitats, the Japanese Diet is debating a law which will declare as vermin any wild animal found on cultivated land. Communal workers with no previous experience or training but with an interest in hunting will be appointed by local officials to shoot or otherwise kill bears, monkeys, deer and other wildlife and destroy the eggs of wild birds. The animals or parts thereof may then be sold for profit.
We fear that this radical law will accelerate the decline of Japanese bears and other wild species and might lead to the collapse of entire ecosystems.
Please voice your concern by sending your appeal by 15 December to:
Dear Prime Minister
I am concerned that the Wildlife Damage Prevention Act (Yuugaichoujuu
ni yoru higaiboushi tokubetsusotchi houan) which you will be debating
Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo
more info: JEE Swiss Office Hiromi Yamano