If you wanted to get a glimpse of “Jigoku” or hell, take a look at the pictures that have been posted of the abandoned areas that used to be home to thousands of people and their pets. There were also farms with cattle, pigs, chickens, and other animals that might be found on that farm. There were stables with horses. They all had care-givers that took care of them each day. TEPCO and the Japanese Government took that all away.
You can say that it was the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that made the situation, but all those disasters did was expose the time bomb that was ticking away at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. A plant with one of the worst safety records and that had been exposed to have falsified their safety records. TEPCO lied about how safe the plant was and how safe they ran it. This generally means that should something happen and there is a failure in some piece of operating equipment or in how they ran their operations, there would be subsequent problems arising from that failure. In case you need another example that you can relate to better, here is one for you.. The Gulf Coast disaster with BP arose from the same kind of situation. Their safety records were not accurate, how does that sound to you? Sounds better than ” someone lied about how safe something was, right? And, they are still cleaning up that mess, even if you don’t hear about it in the news anymore.
In the case of TEPCO, they created jigoku, the Japanese word for hell. It looks like something out of a Kurosawa film, not the samuari ones, or from the Twilight Zone. You might think, at least the people are safe. But , they are now refugees in their own country. They have had their homes, businesses, farms, and way of life taken from them by TEPCO and then to add insult to injury, the Japanese Government contributed even more pain to these Fukushima refugees.
If it wasn’t bad enough what TEPCO did, the Japanese Government comes along and tells the residents that you have 30 minutes to evacuate the area, and by the way, leave your pets. Just tie them up and leave them some food and water; and here is the real kicker , we, the Japanese Government, will not tell you as you are doing this to your pets, that you will not be allowed back later to make sure that your pets are ok. We, the Japanese Government, will bundle you onto a bus and if we find out that you smuggled your cat or small dog onto the bus; we are going to stop the bus and make you put your pet on the side of the road, even if it is in the middle of nowhere.
Why go one about this? Well, think about it, I have lost everything and now maybe the only comfort that I have, my pet, I am now forced to leave behind. I get to the evacuation shelter and a day goes by and I wonder how my pet is doing. Another day goes by, and I am now getting worried that I didn’t leave enough food and water for it. Another day goes by, and I am thinking about my pet that most likely has no food or water. Another day and another day, and the more days that pass, the more feelings build up : worry, worry, guilt, worry, anger, worry, guilt, anger, sadness, worry, hope, guilt, anger, despair. I am now sitting in a shelter and no one told me that I was going to be leaving for this long, and the government told me to tie my pet up and leave it some food and water, and I did it but now, I know that my pet is hungry and thirsty and there is no one that is listening to my concerns. That is what it must have been like for some of the Fukushima refugees.
It doesn’t matter if it is a companion pet like a cat, dog, or bird, or a farmer with a cow that was going to have a calf, or a horse, the government officials aren’t helping. But, there are some animals that are still alive. They have managed to survive – an earthquake, a tsunami and the Japanese Government. They have managed to stay alive. They are walking miracles that need help. They need someone to help them out of TEPCO’s jigoku.
Where is that help? The help comes in the form of individuals that go into the zone and feed the animals, and if they can, bring them out of jigoku. These are pets that have been deprived of companionship and all that comes from having been a part of a family. This also applies to the livestock where the farms and stables are not large, and the animals on these places are known to the owners.
These animals still live, barely. They need help. They need support. And, yes, there was a movement where the we all begged the Japanese Government to help them. And, the Japanese Government stalled and stalled until they got what they wanted. They knew that if they waited long enough, people would just move on to something else. And, it seems that this is or has happened. But, guess what, the animals – they didn’t move on – they still are waiting. Did you forget that you used to care? Do you still care but are not sure what to do? Well, for a start, you can tell the Japanese Government that they are liars. That they deceived everyone by letting people think that they were going to do something. LIES. ALL LIES. Don’t let the Japanese Government get away with their lies. Tell them what you think for the sake of the animals that are still alive. Maybe you can donate something, anything. Remind your friends, and let them know that the animals in Japan’s jigoku suffer and need help. Don’t let the Japanese Government get off easy. Speak up again for the animals that are still alive in the exclusion zone. Don’t let this suffering go unanswered by TEPCO or by the Japanese Government. THE ANIMALS STILL NEED YOUR HELP.