Japanese Wartime Zoo Policy: The Silent Victims of World War II

Japanese Wartime Zoo Policy The Silent Victims of World War II The Japanese government disposed of dangerous animals not only carnivores but also herbivores such as elephants in zoos and circuses during World War II including those in Japan s three colonies Kor

  • Title: Japanese Wartime Zoo Policy: The Silent Victims of World War II
  • Author: Mayumi Itoh
  • ISBN: 9780230108943
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Japanese government disposed of dangerous animals not only carnivores but also herbivores, such as elephants in zoos and circuses during World War II, including those in Japan s three colonies Korea, Taiwan, and Manchukuo, Japan s puppet state in current Northeast China Strangely, the disposal order was issued in August 1943, than 15 months before U.S.The Japanese government disposed of dangerous animals not only carnivores but also herbivores, such as elephants in zoos and circuses during World War II, including those in Japan s three colonies Korea, Taiwan, and Manchukuo, Japan s puppet state in current Northeast China Strangely, the disposal order was issued in August 1943, than 15 months before U.S B 29 air raids on Japan began While some European zoos also destroyed their animals, none of the authorities in Europe enforced the disposal of zoo animals as systematically as the Japanese Home Ministry No country conducted as nationwide and systematic a disposal of captive animals as Japan This policy was an integral part of the Japanese government propaganda to mobilize the whole civilian population into total war, rather than for the ostensible purpose of public safety.

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    1. This isn't an easy book to read both in content and stylistically. Itoh does provide some background on some of the protagonists involved in the mass killing of zoo animals during ww2, but mainly it's a grim list of species, dates, and methods of killing.I don't dispute that this is a very important and powerful book that is probably exceedingly difficult to make "readable". However I found myself struggling to not be filled with disgust at the craven motives of bureaucrats in killing of zoo ani [...]

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