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Living in Harmony with Cats

 

  A decade ago, yearly about 300,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in Japan, Nowadays, however, the number of animal euthanasia cases are decreased by two-thirds. Still, around 100,000 dogs and cats are killed every year, and the majority are cats.      

                                                                    

  On Tashiro-Island in Miyagi prefecture, is very famous as an island of cats. Its population is only 80 people while 100 cats are living there. And, more and more tourists visit the islands every year. In the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake in 2011, hordes of cat-lovers donated over 100 million yen (some 1 million USD) for the rebuilding of the cat island.    

                                                              

  On Tashiro-Island, since sericulture (the production of silk from silkworm) was practiced, the residents kept cats in order to keep away rats, the natural enemy of the silkworm. Fishermen fed unsold fish to cats.   

                                                            

  According to an old story, one day, fisherman was picking up rocks for weights for his fishing nets. Accidentally, a rock felled and crushed a cat to death. The fisherman’s boss felt sorry for the cat, and berried the cat. Since then, all the fishermen experienced a greater catch and no shipwrecks occurred. As a result, the cat was worshipped as a god, and residents treasure cats to day on the islands.      

                                                            

  Ogi-Islands in the Seto Inland Sea also became famous 3 years ago when a photographer introduced the island as an island of cats. Its population is about 180 while cats number around 200. Different from Tashiro-Island, the opinion among the residents is divided. Some insist on becoming an island of cats whereas others opposed to the idea. Some residents complain that visitors trespass on their property in search of cats and feed the cats, which has the effect of luring wild boars from the mountain.      

                                                              

  Omichi city in Hiroshima prefecture is famous not only for the local ramen but also as a cat town. Many tourists visit the city to taste the ramen or see the cats. Last year, its tourism association launched a tour to see the cats. On the other hand, some residents complain of excessive cat feces and uneaten cat food soiling the town.      

                                                            

  I believe that each area should decide what to do on their own. At least, however, we should not let alley cats proliferate in order to decrease the future victims of euthanasia. The Human Society advocates spading and neutering all pets as a preventative measure.      

                                                            

  In Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, a volunteer group captures alley cats and tries to find them homes. While a home is being found, veterinary clinics house and fix the cats. The ward subsidizes the medical and hospitalizing fees. Since 2011, Chiyoda ward has euthanized no cats.      

                                                            

  No euthanasia nationwide is next to impossible. And, irresponsible pet owners should be blamed. Still, in order to decrease innocent victims, we should do whatever we can.                                

 


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