Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats


Chiba Prefectural Police have re-arrested a 49-year-old man for violating the Animal Welfare Law after he injured a cat with an air gun inYachiyo City last November.

Police said Yuichiro Hirata, a part-time worker from Chiba City, was first arrested on April 14 for killing a cat, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police quoted Hirata as saying, “I’ve killed or injured nearly 100 cats since three years ago. I got a thrill out of abusing cats.”

In addition to using an air gun, Hirata said he also poured boiling water on the cats, which he captured by luring them with food.

Since February 2019, there have been 15 reported incidents of cats being shot by air pellets in Chiba City and neighboring Narashino City.

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What a tough guy. He needs to receive some of the same.

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This guy needs to be monitored as the next step is harming other people.

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tough japanese “men” picking on harmless animals.

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Many years of jail and treatment for this killer....

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As a cat lover, I only have this to say...

... neuter him!!


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He should be arrested and jailed.

I don't know what the law is concerning animal abuse, but I hope that it is harsh.

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GIANT red flag to a future serial killer.

Don’t drop the ball on this one boys in blue or we’ll be reading a horror story in the future!

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his image is here:

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47 is a mature age to begin serial torture and killing of anything. Is there a history? There is a mental switch that's definitely been shorted out on this man.

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More of a dog person, cats give me the creeps but yeah... What a psycho!

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Children were ‘Next’ for this mentally-ill Hirata. The distance of his crimes were becoming more & more ‘intimate’: Feb 2019; Nov 2020; Apr 2021. - shooting from a distance, injuring, stalking, luring, entrapment, torture and then, murder.

*- “Police quoted Hirata as saying, “I’ve killed or injured nearly 100 cats since three years ago. I got a thrill out of abusing cats.” -*

Needs to be out of society, incarceration, mental evaluation, lifelong treatment, therapy and continuous monitoring of his whereabouts at all times.

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Like addictions, these deviants are looking for their next opportunity and for an ever escalating “high”:

… from a distance, injuring, stalking, luring, entrapment, torture and then, murder.

Now that Hirata’s in jail, the NPA can focus on their “*MANHUNT*” on Yesterday’s Hokkaido ‘*slasher*’, soon to be Japan’s *next *publicized “murderer”.

- “Man slashes junior high school girl with knife in Hokkaido” Jul 15 -

- A female jr high student was wounded after a man slashed her back with a knife as she walked home in Chitose around 10pm Tues. The girl was walking along a st when a man on a bicycle bumped into her from behind, pulled out a knife, slashed her back and rode away. - Police are examining street sv footage to try and id the attacker. Wed, staff at nearby elem & jr high schools urged students to be vigilant and travel to & from school in groups.

Media, we ALL look foreword to Your follow-up stories.

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Sick bastard

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Up against the wall, now.

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Future victims could be spared by institutionalizing him now.

At 47 years of age, he is beyond redemption.

The well documented patterns of behavior of others like him indicate that his levels of atrocities will escalate in severity.

Lock him away from society or expect more of the same.

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It starts out with violent video games, then little insects and animals then on to the next level, humans.

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I have had and still does pet cats almost all my life, only an EVIL person would harm them or any other pets.

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He should be slotted away in a cell designed especially for him; cats pacing about, day and night, safe, secure, and enjoying their freedom on the other side of a plexiglass barrier. Let the punishment fit the crime.

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He must have been a lovely child...

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47 is a mature age to begin serial torture and killing of anything. Is there a history? 

According to JerseyDevil's link, In 2003, he became licensed to carry the air gun for hunting and other purposes. Since then, many dead cats with air gun pellets in their bodies have been found near the residential area and in nearby Chiba City.

So he's been doing it for at least 18 years. It's who he is. It's what he is. A vile little lowlife.

He needs to be locked up, the sicko.

@oyatoi - No cat deserves to be kept in such close proximity to this monster, even with a plexiglass wall in between.

Folk, please, if you love your cat, keep it safe at home. Don't let it roam the streets at the mercy of scum like Hirata.

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Feral cats have no place in the environment, neither does cruelty.

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But what will be the penalty for this despicable moron?

A fine and a warning is my guess.

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My blood is boiling. I want this guy to hurt. I want the FULL extent of the law used against him. Cats trusted him. They were innocent, he is not.

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I think if I were a cat owner, I'd be worried about letting my cat out of the house. Is there a law in Japan regarding cats just left outside to wander around the neighborhood? I see dead cats (road kill) on the road almost everyday. The fact that this guy has killed so many cats is evidence that there are way too many cats outside roaming around. It would be near impossible to kill someone's dog without them knowing, why are cats able to disappear so easily? Seems to me that many cat owners are irresponsible.

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I think if I were a cat owner, I'd be worried about letting my cat out of the house. 

When we adopted our cat, we had to sign a contract promising to have her spayed within a certain time frame, and to keep her strictly an indoor cat. The only times she has been outdoors are the few moments it took to carry her from the car to our front door, and when she goes to the vet's - always of course in her travel crate.

People might say it's cruel, cats should be allowed to roam; but she is spoiled silly, and has never shown the slightest inclination to go out. She's happy watching the birds in the garden from her perch on the window sill; open the window, and she freezes.

Pet cats should not be allowed to roam outside. It's dangerous for the cat - sickos like the one we have here, fights with other cats, attacks by hawks in our neck of the woods - dangerous for local wildlife, and there is always the risk of a traffic accident, which is dangerous for both cat and human.

Keep your cats indoors!

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Seems to me that many cat owners are irresponsible.

There is a lot of ignorance around when it comes to this issue.

People tend to buy overpriced kittens here from shops, as opposed to adopting. Some of them end up outside.

There is a large population of homeless cats in Japan going back many generations. Most of these cats are NOT neutered. People prefer to turn a blind eye to the well-being of these cats and leave bottles of water around in a naive attempt to keep the problem "away from themselves".

Many cats that do find themselves in shelters end up in the "dream box" because of the aforementioned lack of adopters.

My neighbours and I have had 15 odd local cats neutered and have adopted 6 cats between us. There is only so many we can take in, which means some still live outside peacefully and unable to have/make kittens. Not their fault. This is all at a significant cost in time and money to us. There are initiatives to pay for vet costs for re-sending, but we have to jump through a lot of hoops. So we do.

If you see a cat with part of its ear cut out leaving a "V", someone has taken the time to have it neutered and is probably also spending their time and money feeding and caring for it the best they can.

Local governments could do A LOT more to lower the number of homeless cats humanely. And people could STOP buying cats-for-profit from pet shops.

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"re-sending above = "de-sexing"
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I cannot think of a punishment that is good enough for him, and as a student of History that is saying a lot. He is a sick bastard who really needs to win himself a Darwin Award.

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Let's also be perfectly clear: it's not the cat's fault if they happen to be born and live outside.

VERY few owners allow their cats to roam in Japan because of cars, other territorial cats and sick fools like the one in the above article.

Cats are just doing their best to 'scratch out a living'...

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Keep your pets indoors. Too many accidents waiting to happen. Too many sadistic crazies out there.

Seems a lot of serial killers of humans start with animals, often times cats. So they need to bring felony charges, not a wrist slap, against this perp.

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It starts out with violent video games, then little insects and animals then on to the next level, humans.

Yes, the "Cat Killer" video game in particular is completely brainwashing people into killing cats.

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I'm curious why people draw the line at cats. What if someone kills mice? or sparrows? Is it the size? Because some people keep them as pets? Some people keep spiders and cockroaches as pets. So where do you draw the line?

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If the police go digging around his house they may find human corpses. A psychopath rarely stops at animal abuse.

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Reminds me of the mini series documentary 'Don't F with Cats' - a great, albeit disturbing, doc on the old 'Flix.

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Mental Health is a condition that most people are dealing with that can no longer be ignored. The worse is yet to come.

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Roaming domestic cats are a significant conservation issue because they can hunt, harass and compete with wildlife. Their hunting targets in Eurobodalla include birds, lizards, frogs and many native mammals, such as bandicoots and gliders. Roaming domestic cats are also more at risk of fighting, getting injured and getting run over by cars or killed by cat haters

Murdoch University Research has scientifically proven that CatBibs work to stop more than 80% of cats from catching birds and reduce small animal predation by almost half. They also reduce the likelihood cats will roam and fight with other cats.

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Chicago, USA, has only recently learned an important lesson that European cities have known since the Great Plague: "Cities with cats, don't have rats." Previously, some drug rep sold them on the virtues of Warfarin, an anticoagulant which causes the ingestor to bleed from every organ and a crueler death cannot be imagined. But, the rats, being animals subject to natural selection like all of us, became immune to the drug and when cats ate them, the cats died. Poison immune rats began to outnumber Humans and some clever (by comparison) Chicagoan thought "Aha! Cats!" and now they have pride of place in Chicago, joining so many other cities in the World. But they have one major fatal flaw which we see here: They trust us. There is no doubt that they do great harm to wildlife but isn't that upon the head of us who think we are so clever but can find few practical solutions to the sadness of indiscriminate predation by both domestic and feral cats? As usual, cats are not the problem, we are. And the solutions which are often offered would better suit a robotic cat than a flesh and blood companion. For this guy: “I’ve killed or injured nearly 100 cats since three years ago. I got a thrill out of abusing cats.”...Hirata said he also poured boiling water on the cats... We see Hirata-san as a monster but he is just a monster in training.

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enolagayJuly 16  06:59 am JST


tough japanese “men” picking on harmless animals.

I am not an 'animal lover', esp. beings I am allergic to all hairy pets but this is inexcusable. There's no reason, justification or defending such uncouth behavior like this. And those who do so might sooner or later get bored and decide to 'graduate' to helpless children perhaps.

Put him away!

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William Bjornson: This bloke is cruel and mentally sick. But Cat in Australia kill over 2 billion native mammals a year. Pet Owner can and must take responsible has pet owners. When you let your cat out to roam it MUST wear a CatBib. Not too will see your pet mistaken for a feral cat. No Bib, it is considered a feral and must be destroy. If a cat is bibless and on the road it will get run over whether it is day or night because it is considered feral and the correct action to take and applauded for taking this action by enviromentalist and green movements . So don't be a cruel pet owner and bib your cat when you let it out to roam.

CatBibs :

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Rodents are also a reason many cities welcome birds of prey as they will readily kill the rodents (or bird species that become a nuisance). I have even heard of smaller country towns that have no issues with snakes (preferably non-poisonous) as they eat a lot of rodents.

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What is it with cat hate in Japan?

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I’ll have to teach my cat to fire an air gun.

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