Deja Vu: Japan’s Ministry of Environment’s Survey concerning Pets, dogs and cats; resembles the livestock survey, which resulted in culling or “research animal”. And, we all remember what happened to the Fukushima livestock. They were either culled or taken as “research animals”. This does not include the ” sanctuary farms” like the Farm of Hope or Naoto Matsumura’s farm. Those animals were “saved” but are still being used for radiation research studies via the Japan Veterinary Medical Association or Sousei World Water Company.
Not happy with just the livestock: cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ostriches; the Ministry of Environment, a staunch supporter and research grant provider, is now after cats and dogs. The pets are the best; they are manageable and after being deprived of human contact will be “super eager” to please even the “researchers”. Those animals are the ones that will suffer the mental confusion of ” what did they do to make the people hurt them like this”.
Maybe you support the efforts to do radiation research studies, decontamination studies, of the livestock so that people can eat them again. Maybe you think that the decontamination studies will also benefit the “victims” that are trying to make a new life. But, where does using former pets benefit recovery efforts?
The Farm of Hope mentions in its prospectus that they would like to keep “breeding” the animals as part of the decontamination studies. Again, maybe you think that there is no harm for this type of study on livestock, but again, how is this going to work on dogs and cats that are bred for the same purpose?
Not mentioned, of course, are the decontamination studies that are being done on wildlife: deer, boar, rabbits, fox, raccoons, monkeys, badgers, bears, and on and on. Most of the animals are considered to be “pests” by the Japanese, so again, they would be of no account or of no issue when it comes to testing.
As with everything, the Government of Japan signals its intentions. They are doing this by making the announcement of conducting a survey. The survey is to question owners of pets that are either in “shelters” or still in the exclusion zone about claiming their pet, taking their pet home with them.
It is what they do NOT say that is what everyone should be worried about. What will the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Environment do with the pets that the owners are not able to take home with them? Will they offer them up for “fostering” for a defined period of time and after the time is expired either put the animal down or find another use for it. Like the Government of Japan says and all the “clone” followers: better to find a use for the animal than just “cull” it. If it is applied to livestock, it will be applied to the dogs and cats.