Stop Terrorizing Animals at Drunken Horse Festival

Target: Kazufumi Ōnishi, Mayor of Kumamoto, Japan

Goal: Put an end to a cruel festival where horses are intentionally mistreated.

An annual parade held in Kumamoto, Japan known locally as The Drunken Horse Festival is a cruel spectacle that encourages thousands of spectators to terrorize horses wearing cumbersome regalia using loud drums, whips and their bare hands. Many people have been observed yanking on the animals’ reins and kicking at their legs. Demand that this festival revolving around animal suffering be brought to an end.

The Drunken Horse Festival is dangerous for horses as well as for careless participants who choose to put themselves in the way of the panicked animals. Several years ago, a man was nearly seriously hurt after a frightened horse trampled him. Thankfully, many local residents are beginning to speak out against the inherent cruelty of this parade, but more must be done to ensure that officials ban this practice entirely.

Horses should not have to suffer for such a barbaric tradition. Although the parade originated as a far more modest celebration for a local shinto shrine, it is clear that in modern times the main motivation for continuing this annual festival is to generate a profit for the event organizers. Sign below to demand that this Japanese city ban this horrific spectacle once and for all.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Ōnishi,

With Japan soon hosting the Rugby World Cup, the eyes of the world are on cities like Kumamoto. More and more people are expressing their outrage at the abuse that occurs during the annual Drunken Horse Festival, where thousands of people frequently subject innocent animals to frighteningly loud sounds and various forms of physical torture. This needless suffering has gone on for too long and must be brought to an end.

While this tradition was originally established to celebrate a local shinto shrine, it is clear that the parade over the years has become more of a commercial spectacle than a spiritual affair. Horses deserve far better treatment than to be roused into a panic using loud noises or to have their reins violently pulled. That is why I am urging you to ban the use of innocent live animals in this or any other festivals held within your city.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kumamoto

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136 Comments

  1. Maureen Garney says:

    I have noticed that Asian countries do not have any feelings for animals at all. Animal cruelty is a world wide epidemic. These stupid and evil displays of animal cruelty need to stop everywhere now!

    • So true Maureen. Look at Japan with its whaling and hunting of dolphins.
      Other Asians countries still eating dogs.
      When I retire I am going to protest outside airports and as Asian tourists arrive and depart I want them to understand how many of us feel about how they treat animals in their countries.

  2. This cruel way of treating animals has to stop. Please put an end to this.

  3. AND EXACTLY HOW IS AN AMERICAN RODEO ANY DIFFERENT FROM THIS. ANIMALS ARE WHIPPED, ROPED, NECKS JERKED AND DROPPED ON THE GROUND, AND PAINFULLY MADE TO BUCK FOR PEOPLES ENTERTAINMENT. AMERICANS ARE SO QUICK TO BAD MOUTH FOREIGN COUNTRIES FOR ANIMAL ABUSE. HOW ABOUT LOOKING AT OUR OWN “AMUSEMENTS” INVOLVING ANIMALS. I CAN ASSURE YOU THE SIGHT ISN’T MUCH DIFFERENT.

    • I agree with Lily. It is deeply unhelpful to portray the population of an entire continent as not having “any feelings for animals at all” as one poster has written. There are many animal welfare groups in Asia whose members are valiantly pushing for better treatment of animals, and they need our support. And, as Lily correctly points out, North American and Antipodean rodeos are horrific events which sadly continue to enjoy popularity. One could add dog fighting, factory farm abuse and homegrown domestic animal cruelty to the list. We must not blame other ethnic groups or nations for cruelty; cruelty exists everywhere. Fortunately, so does compassion. We must denounce cruelty wherever it exists and support those who speak out against cruelty wherever they are.

  4. Patricia Labik says:

    Omg that is so damn cruel what the hell is wrong with people???? So damn heartbreaking!!!!! ???

  5. THESE LOW LIVE JUST WANT TO SEE FUN AT THE SUFFERING/FEAR OF POOR ANIMALS–PUT A STOP TO THIS JAPAN–BE KING TO ALL ANIMALS.

  6. SHAME ON YOU — SHUT DOWN this stupid & barbaric event FOREVER — the depraved indifference to the suffering inflicted on these innocent & vulnerable magnificent horses is telling of cruel, unconscionable, merciless, sadistic, depraved, cowardly humans — they look to be entertained on the backs of animals, who are always at our mercy — this BETRAYAL is beyond words — WHY would a rational & compassionate society allow for the cruel, irrational, hateful abuse of horses — again, IT’S COWARDLY & SHAMEFUL — and DOWNRIGHT SICKENING & IMMORAL — SHUT DOWN THIS DEPRAVED DRUNKEN HORSE FESTIVAL PERMANENTLY!

  7. There is no excuse for such gratuitous cruelty in pursuit of profit.

  8. Denise Devereux says:

    EVIL PEOPLE. GOD SEND YOUR WRAITH ON ALL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD WHO ABUSE, TORTURE AND MURDER YOUR CREATIONS.

    HURT THEM AND THEIRS WHERE THEY WILL HURT THE MOST.

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