Update: Japan Allows Evacuees To Save Pets In No-Go Zone
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support shared good news about the starving animals stranded in the Fukushima No-Go Zone. Pet owners will be temporarily allowed enter the area to bring their cats, dogs and other animals to safety.
Fuji TV News Network broadcast the announcement at 12:31a.m. JST this morning.
The following is a translation of the news from the JEARS Facebook page.
A decision has been made to allow people to bring their cats, dogs, and other pets back out when they return to their homes within the 20 kilometer exclusion zone surrounding the No. 1 Fukushima reactor temporarily from May 10th, onward. There have been strong demands from citizens for the rescue of pets from the start and the decision to implement this in conjunction with the temporary returns home was made after much coordination.
This will be implemented in nine cities and towns, including Tamura and Minami Soma City. The Ministry of the Environment and Fukushima Prefecture will work together in teams with two vehicles to conduct an orderly rescue of pets that have been tied to ropes within the grounds of homes, either on the same day or the next day after residents return home temporarily. A decision has also been made to transfer pigs being raised in Minami Soma City within the exclusion zone to a Tokyo University affiliated farm in Ibaraki Prefecture.
The website Animals after the Tsunami in Japan reported the news a little differently. They wrote this from Jiji Press:
Evacuees are returning home for several hours to collect their valuables starting May 10, and they are requested to keep their pets tied in the garden so the officials can come and collect them the next day. Those pets that will be brought out of the area will be sheltered at prefecture-run facilities, and they will be cleaned of radiation if they fail a radio activity contamination screening test.
The animals in the No-Go Zone have been without a regular source of food since April 22 when people were shut out of the area. Video filmed by animal welfare groups showed that many of the animals were near starvation. So it is not known what pet owners will find when they return to their homes, but at least they won’t be left worrying and wondering about the fate of their beloved pets.
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