The message below was posted by Kazuyoshi Nagashima, a member of the House of Representatives.
He said : I have been informed that Ministry of the Environment is going to lead a team to rescue the animals and actually will resume rescuing them on May 9 while the residents are also permitted to go back home for a temporary period.
He was also going to help the Fukushima displaced with pets find shelters that would allow them to keep their pets. But, from what we have been seeing, many of these residents have had to give up their pets because of housing or shelter issues, which has caused many of the animals shelters to reach their capacity to house animals, leaving little room for the animals in the Fukushima exclusion zone. What to make of this man? I remember when everyone was told that he was a good guy. Well is he?
This was posted on his wall, a question :
Could you give us an update how many animals were rescued ? I read your note again written on May 8, 2011. I am not sure if I missed the update on this, but I have also read where many residents have gone back and found their pets dead from starvation. I thought this was not supposed to happen. Why did it?
I guess we will all have to wait and see if the question is answered or if it gets deleted or should I say buried like the bones that the Government of Japan plan to bury of the livestock that it has killed in the Fukushima no-entry zone.
Thank you for your message!!!by Kazuyoshi Nagashima on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 7:42am
Thank you very much for your message.
Fukushima prefecture has rescued the animals left in 20km radius of the nuclear power plant until May 2.
I have been informed that Ministry of the Environment is going to lead a team to rescue the animals and actually will resume rescuing them on May 9 while the residents are also permitted to go back home for a temporary period.
During this period, I have conducted interviews at shelters where the residents within 20km radius evacuated.
Some resident in Naraha-cho asked me to rescue her dog at the interview.
I also saw some people taking care of the dogs they rescued from 20km radius in their cars or under the eaves of their shelters.
Temporary housing has a check box for pets on their list, so I believe people can have pets at temporary housing.
However, we need to improve the environment to take care of pets until those temporary houses are ready.
On the other hand, some hotels used as evacuation centers permit to take care of small size dogs inside a room if they are under 4kg and caged.
I asked disaster countermeasure office in Fukushima to guide people with dogs to those evacuation centers.
Pets are families, but it is also a fact that they can regulate the owers’ behavior or residence.
I will continue my restoration support with point of view that the earthquake victims and their pets should live in a comfortable environment.
I appreciate your warm heart and will work hard to solve your concerns.
Member of the House of Representatives