Target: Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
Goal: Provide care for Japan’s ‘Cat Island’ cats that are becoming sick, leading to the deaths of many cats and kittens.
Japan is home to 11 different “cat islands”. These islands are small and are located in various places around the Japanese archipelago. They have a very small human population but are home to hundreds of free-roaming cats. This concept has been a popular tourist trap for cat lovers all around the world, but there is an unfortunate truth behind these seemingly enjoyable islands.
The cats were first brought to these islands to help sustain an overpowering rodent population, but now the situation is getting out of control. The reality is that a large majority of the cats are suffering from serious health problems. In addition, the cats run wild with almost no care because many of the locals refuse to help take care of them. There is also nothing being done to manage their birthing rates.
Because they are receiving little to no care, many die as kittens as a result of upper respiratory diseases. Males also often die as a result of injuries they get when fighting over mates.
These diseases the cats are suffering from are easily treatable. The problem is that no one is willing to help them.
The locals claim that they need to “let nature run its course” but that isn’t fair to the cats – who were brought to these islands by humans in the first place. Sign this petition to demand the cats get the care they need and deserve.
Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
The cats living on the ‘Cat Islands’ in Japan are suffering and need help. They are suffering from easily treatable sicknesses because no one is willing to provide them with the help they need. They are also multiplying at alarming rates and many are dying very young.
The cats did not choose to live on these islands so it is not fair to claim that it is nature’s job to take care of them. They were originally brought there by humans to control a rodent population. That problem is gone, but the quality of living for these cats is the new issue and becomes worse every day.
Something needs to be done in an appropriate and non-lethal way to control the quickly growing population of cats on these islands and to help the ones that are already suffering from illnesses. We ask you to look into this as soon as possible and give them the help they deserve.
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