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Bringing about change for animals | Susan Mercer, Hitoshi Tojo | TEDxTokushimaU

By Susan Mercer, Hitoshi Tojo

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At TEDxTokushimaU, Susan and Hitoshi will share with us their ideas on creating a society where we can live well together with animals.

Becoming No Kill has become an expressed goal for Japan as a nation. In 2006, Susan Mercer and Hitoshi Tojo created NPO HEART Tokushima and they, along with staff and volunteers, have been working since to create an environment locally that is free from suffering and abuse for dogs and cats. In an area that once had the worst rate in the nation for gassing unwanted animals, Susan and Hitoshi have worked together with the local authorities to greatly improve the situation for animals. HEART Tokushima was also one of the rescue organizations that played a major role in caring for animals displaced by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Spencer CW Au

Date 2017
Size/Length 15:49
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Susan Mercer; Hitoshi Tojo (2017), "Bringing about change for animals | Susan Mercer, Hitoshi Tojo | TEDxTokushimaU,"

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  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal housing
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals