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Cattle Farmer Stressed Over Plight Of Cows In Radiation-Hit Fukushima

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NAMIE, Fukushima - A cattle farmer is suffering from tremendous stress amid mounting concerns over the impact of radiation leaks from the quake- and tsunami-hit Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant on the local livestock business.


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chris b (2474)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 6:01 am
Whatever the arguments for and against livestock farming one cannot but admire the diligence of this farmer in braving the radiation risks to daily feed and tend his livestock!

Karen E. (0)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 1:38 pm
This story may be one of the saddest I have read. This wonderful farmer is only thinking of his cows, and knows their ultimate fate. The stress these people must be under is really incomrpehensible to me sitting in my safe home on my computer. But, as there is a nuke plant in a hurricane "alley" not to far from my home, it could one day be me sitting in a shelter worrying about my horses. All I can say, is maybe, just maybe, this incident will stop the construction of new nuke plants and gradually we can retire the older ones as we insitute better ways to get our energy. I hope these people, and their animals, are not suffering in vain.

Hope Sellers (25)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 4:12 pm
So very sad for him and all the people.

Naoko i (257)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 4:57 pm
Thanks for the comments. How well said, karen. And I, too, strongly hope that after this crisis at Fukushima, there'll be no more nuke plants in the world. That's the only solace for the people in the affected areas.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 8:17 pm
Terrible situation. The construction of nuclear power plants require a lot more responsibilities than we can imagine. Thousands of people and animals are suffering because of it.

Rossy Osborne (0)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 9:22 pm
Thank you Karen E. You did sum up the real situation that many of us feel.
I bleed for these people and the still non stop 7 scale Earth Quakes they are suffering as well.
These people must feel like they are living in hell at this stage, with all the 'unknown's' surounding them.
God bless this man and all others who are suffering, but still managing to think of their animal responsibilities as well.

Krasimira B (175)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 3:52 am
Tragic situation...

Ralph F (70)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 6:17 am
This evening on NHK news, they showed scenes from inside the 10-km, "no go" zone where police in white hazmat gear were searching the massive rubble for the bodies of tsunami victims. Meanwhile small groups of cows and dogs have been seen wandering around the shattered landscape. Very surreal and very sad.

Susan J. (4)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 11:44 am
It is sad he has no other way to help his Cows, but I at least like his Reasoning about the delicious Food till they are ready to die. I am praying for them all to have their Govenment do a better Job with Nuclear Power, and the Energy Problem.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 7:28 pm
Until we have the inner and higher realization that sentient beings are not "FOOD", and that these animals suffer horrible stress and then are violently killed, I can not say anything positive. Nucleear is a bad idea, killing animals is a sin, so how a return to nature as far as we possibly can? We can produce beeter veg foods, cut medical bills in half, be healthy, improve karma, save 50% of pollutants...where is the rationale in nuclear, pollution, mistreating and eating animals>

Klaus Peters (14)
Wednesday April 27, 2011, 6:59 am
I admire Konno, who is feeding his cattle, endangering himself doing so, but also knows he can never sell his cattle, but wants to keep them comfortable. There is a man with commitment and a heart.
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