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Reflections from our FAC Regional Event Japan, Feb 2024

Last weekend, on February 3, 2024, the Asia for Animals' Farm Animal Coalition (FAC) collaborated with two local organizations in Japan, Better Life for Farm Animals Japan and Animal Welfare Corporate Partners, to host a groundbreaking symposium on farm animals in the country. This online event drew the participation of more than 50 individuals from non-governmental, non-profit, and corporate organizations. The Regional Event provided a platform for 10 speakers representing animal welfare, environmental protection, veterinary, animal rights institutions, and researchers to present their work and establish valuable connections through the event and the subsequent in-person networking dinner session in Tokyo.

Key Takeaways

Even though the Japanese agricultural sector accounts for around one percent of the country's GDP, intensive farming is common in the island nation. As is the case wherever they are farmed intensively, animals suffer monumentally.

This event played a vital role in identifying the organizations and individuals actively involved in minimizing the adverse impact of intensive farming on animals, humans, and the environment in Japan. It provided a platform for participants to showcase their ongoing efforts, discuss their areas of focus, and share their vision for a more sustainable and compassionate future.

Through the online session and networking opportunities, the event facilitated the exploration of common ground among participants. It allowed them to identify shared goals, overlapping interests, and potential areas for collaboration. By bringing together diverse stakeholders from non-governmental, non-profit, and corporate organizations, the event fostered a sense of unity and collective purpose.

Participants had the opportunity to learn about the scope of work undertaken by different organizations and individuals. This knowledge exchange helped to create a broader understanding of the various approaches and strategies being employed to address the aversive impacts on animals, humans, and the environment. It also sparked conversations about the potential for synergistic collaborations that could amplify impact and accelerate progress.

In summary

By highlighting areas of common ground, the Regional Event encouraged participants to explore partnerships and cooperative initiatives.


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