Footnote: Kora is safe now - July 2009
A macaque named
Kora, has been abused for ten years by wrestlers belonging to ‘Dragon Gate’
- Mr. Jun YOKOTA, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Belgium,
- Mr. Ichiro FUJISAKI, Ambassador of Japan to the United
States of America, Washington DC
- M. Yasuo SAITO, Ambassadeur du Japon
en France, Paris
- The Mission of Japan to the
European Union, Brussels
European and International Community of Animal Defenders has learned from
the internet that a macaque named Kora, has been abused for ten years by
wrestlers belonging to ‘Dragon Gate’, a Japanese professional wrestling
The group is starting its first US tour.
Kora lives in the
dojo and it is known that the wrestlers submitted the animal to the
- Choked him by the neck until it passed out.
- Burned him
- Threw him into a tub of boiling hot water.
- Blew air
into his mouth so it would defecate itself.
- Gave him sake (Japanese
alcohol) regularly until it would pass out.
- Dragged it around by a
chain on its neck.
- Attached fire crackers to him and lit them
Locked him in a box and sprayed antiperspirant inside, causing it to freak
The wrestlers implicated are Shingo Takagi, Akira Tozawa and Katsuo/Yuki
Ono, after they openly blogged about the abuse. An other wrestler, named
Yohei Fujita, alias Ryoma, considers the treatment the group gives the
monkey to be very funny.
It is obvious that the Dragon Gate group casts a slur on the good name
As for us, we are shocked beyond words over this case of
most disgusting animal abuse and consequently:
- We request Japan
that the monkey will be taken away from the wrestling group and never will
be returned to these unworthy people;
- We request Japan never to let
Dragon Gate have an animal in their possession again;
- We request Japan
to take their professional license away from the wrestling group Dragon
- We request Japan that wrestling group Dragon Gate will be
severely punished and that the abusers will be put in prison.
for transmitting our request to Prime Minister Taro ASO and to Minister of
Justice Eisuke MORI Awaiting your confirmation, we remain, Yours