From The Network To Establish A Effective Wildlife Protection Law
a call for support
One of the few laws concerning wildlife protection, the Law Concerning
Wildlife Protection And Hunting was "revised" during the last
session of the Diet (Parliament).
This law was originally a hunting law which included clauses
concerned with wildlife protection. This law had many flaws as it was;
but this "revision", centralizing on the "control"
of populations of "specially designated wildlife" was passed
with neither sufficient funding nor the personnel necessary to truly monitor
the project. ("Specially designated wildlife" are mainly those
species designated by local authorities to be "controlled"=killed.)
Because local districts will be given full-sway in being able to capture/kill
wildlife, this, we feel, lends itself to a very dangerous situation nationwide.
Many NGO groups recognized the danger of this "revision"
and worked for a dissolution of the "revision". Unfortunately,
we were unsuccessful and the "revision" was passed in June, 1999.
In the process of opposing the "revision", however, many legislators
realized the importance of wildlife protection. We were therefore able
to have added to the "revision", the clauses that the "revision"
be reviewed in three years and that NGOs be consulted in the drawing up
of a "guideline" for "Specially Designated Wildlife Management
We realized this is time to bring to the forefront all the
dangerous points of the "revision" and begin a nationwide movement
for a true wildlife protection law while awaiting the review in three years'
Therefore, we have decided to call upon the assistance
of all the groups and individuals involved with wildlife to join/support
our "Network To Establish A Effective Wildlife Protection Law"
which was initiated in July, 1999. We hope for the cooperation of those
involved in the conservation of nature, environmental education, outdoor
experience, researchers, governmental personnel, those in forestry and
agriculture, hunters and wide variety of people concerned.
Our purpose is to "get-wind" of the "revised"
Wildlife Law enforcement nationwide and to protest and stop the process
when necessary; to make a true Wildlife Protection Law and establish a
wildlife protection system. We shall file opinions and criticisms concerning
the formation of the "guideline" for "Specially Designated
Wildlife Management Project" and local management projects;we shall
also keep track of "sports hunting " and "pest-control"
and file formal protest when necessary.
International cooperation will be very important for our work.
We are looking forward to receiving your word of support.
Name. Sakura Bank, Ichigaya Branch
Network To Establish A Effective Wildlife Protection Law
Kawamichi Mieko (Mammological Society in Kyoto)Kusakari Hidenori (WWF Japan)Kurasawa
Nanami (Oikos)Kurechi Masayuki (Association To Protect Japanese Geese)Kominami
Yukihiro (Wild Bird Society of Japan)Sakamoto Masayuki (Japan Wildlife
Conservation Society)Saito Atsuko (Wolf-Pals In Japan)Suzuki Masako (Network
Concerned With "Revision" Of The Wildlife Protection And Hunting
Law)Takeshita Nobuo (Ban Lead-shot Alliance)Tashina Wambli (Circle Of Life)Tamura
Naohisa (Nature Conservation Society of Japan)Nogami Fusako (All Life In
A Viable Environment)Mihei Yoshiki (Japanese Crescent Bear Association)Moriyama
Mariko (Japanese Society To Protect Bears And Forest)Yoshida Masato (Nature
Conservation Society of Japan)