Target: Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America, Kenichiro Sasae
Goal: End the practice of ikizukuri, where animals are consumed as sushi while still alive and fully conscious
The traditional Japanese practice of ikizukuri, known as “live sushi” in the United States, is still being practiced today, despite its evident cruelty. Restaurants advertise the dish as a delicacy, and it involves eating animals that are traditionally used in sushi–while they are still alive.
There are still a number of restaurants where the dish is available, although it is very controversial in Japan. To create live sushi, the sushi chef selects a fish, shrimp, lobster, or octopus, guts it and removes the lower half of its body, and places the conscious animal on top of its removed insides and flesh. This is then served to the customer, who will eat the animal while it is still alive and sensitive to pain.
This practice is controversial in Japan, yet it is still being practiced and advertised as a delicacy. It is cruel and inhumane, and no creature deserves to be alive at the time of its consumption. “Live sushi” has been growing less popular, but it is time for it to be officially banned. Demand that this harmful practice is ended for good.
Dear Ambassador Sasae,
The practice of ikizukuri, or “live sushi,” has been growing increasingly controversial in both Japan and the world. It has recently gained international media attention, and is now being viewed with outrage in many parts of the globe. While the dish is a traditional one, its cruelty makes it something that would be better if left in the past. Consuming animals while they are still alive and conscious is inhumane, and should not be advertised in restaurants.
It is imperative that this dish stops being served in Japan, and that it subsequently loses its reputation as a delicacy. The animals that are eaten in this way experience intense fear, pain, and suffering, and that is inexcusable. There is nothing that can make up for the cruelty of this practice, and that is why it must end. Ikizukuri must be banned in the country of Japan so that the ensuing animal cruelty will end.
[Your Name Here]
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