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Animals Are Starving In The Fukushima No-Go Zone (Video)

Animals Are Starving In The Fukushima No-Go Zone (Video)

On April 22 the Japanese government closed off a 20-km zone surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant and created a new crisis for the estimated 5,000 to 10,000 cats, dogs and farm animals left behind after the disaster. 

Before the complete shutdown of the area, pet owners were regularly going into the No-Go Zone for short periods of time to feed and care for the animals they were forced to abandon when they were moved to evacuation centers.

Japan Animal Earthquake Rescue and Support (JEARS) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) have been “working every angle” to feed and rescue the animals in the area and pressure the Japanese government to allow access to the exclusion zone.

JEARS reported the guardians of the animals are heartbroken over this development.  The group said this on their website:

“The pets in the 20 kilometer zone are loved and wanted by their guardians. They should not be let to starve to death or moved to animal control facilities. JEARS has the facilities to shelter and care for these animals.”

Today IFAW presented sectors of the Japanese government with a comprehensive plan to safely monitor, evacuate and treat animals contaminated by radiation. 

The committee behind the plan consisted of members from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, APHIS Animal Care and Wildlife Services, United States Army Veterinary Corps, veterinary and toxicology experts from the U.S. and Japan, academicians and IFAW. 

The Japanese Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also participated.

“The Committee strongly feels that animal rescue work should continue inside the 20km zone,” said Dr. Dick Green, IFAW Disaster Manager. “Recommendations have been provided to ensure human and animal safety and the Committee feels that as long as these safety protocols are followed, well-trained and equipped rescue teams should be allowed to continue to remove animals from the restricted zone.”

Pleas to make the government open the zone and save the animals are coming from all parts of Japan.  Concerned citizens held a protest in Tokyo on May 8.

Some groups are disregarding threats of fines for entering the No-Go Zone and are reaching out to the cats, dogs and farm animals that have not been regularly fed for two weeks. 

A video filmed by JEARS and U.S. rescue group Kinship Circle shows the current conditions of the animals.

TAKE ACTION: PLEASE SIGN THE FOLLOWING PETITIONS THAT ASK THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TO OPEN THE AREA.

SAVE STARVING ANIMALS IN FUKUSHIMA NO GO ZONE.

PLEASE SAVE THE FUKISHMA FARM ANIMALS.

CLICK ON THE JEARS WEBSITE TO LEARN HOW ELSE TO HELP.

 

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Photo from: Kinship Circle

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5:25AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Hope they can take their pets home.....You lost already everything now you have to lose your companion because someone says so! I feel for the people and I am glad that people give a voice, I hope they will have success! How much cruelty has to happen in this world......

10:54PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Thanks.

11:41AM PDT on May 24, 2011

I RESPECT SO MUCH THESE PEOPLE THAT MOVE TO ANY PART OF THE WORLD AND GIVE ALL THEIR STRENGTH FOR THE RESCUE OF NEEDING ANIMALS.

2:08AM PDT on May 13, 2011

i amn distressed not just for the pets, which are supposedly safe now and being rescued, but for the poor farm animals. no one seem to care about their suffering., they are suffering badly. itoo have written and sent alerts......... but so far its only allowing the pets to be rescued. god save us all for what we are doing.

4:18PM PDT on May 12, 2011

thank you!

4:09PM PDT on May 12, 2011

THE NUMBER ONE THING IS TO REMOVE ALL LIVING THINGS PEOPLE AND ANIMALS FROM THESE AREAS THEN WE CAN GET THEM THE CARE THEY NEED. MANY GROUPS ARE LEADING THESE EFFORTS BUT IBN CASES WHERE JAPAN REFUSES WE MUST PETITION THE GOVERNMENT THEIR ARE PETITIONS OUT THEIR YOU CAN SIGN TO JAPAN'S EMBASSEY TO ALLOW ENTRY TO THESE AREAS. OBVIOUSLY, THEIR ARE DANGERS OF RADIATION BUT THEIR ARE MEASURES THAT CAN MAKE ENTRY SAFER. THIS IS WHY WE ALL MUST FIGHT TO END NUCLEAR ENERGY. IT'S TOO RISKY AND WHEN DISASTER HAPPENS WE HAVE LITTLE CONTROL. I'VE BEEN AGAINST IT FOR YEARS. WE HAVE GREAT OPTIONS ON THE TABLE BEYOND SOLAR TO PROVIDE SAFE ENERGY FOR GENERATIONS AS WELL AS CREATE TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRIES WITH MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS. WE CAN GROW OIL ON FARMS, NO MORE DRILLING FOR IT, GOOGLE IT! ALL SCIENCE FACT.

2:00PM PDT on May 12, 2011

Governments should NEVER force people to choose between their lives and the lives of their animals. In cases of emergencies, all pets and animals should be evacuated with the people.

11:04AM PDT on May 12, 2011

Thank God people are at last allowed in to save the animals. When will the officials relent sooner and why don't they realize that while these poor people have lost everything, their pets mean the world to them and are a true part of their families. And these animals are alive and deserve the same rights as the humans do in terms of safety.

10:22AM PDT on May 12, 2011

Thank you to the people who are helping these animals.

8:17AM PDT on May 12, 2011

Thank you to the volunteers for helping these innocent victims.

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