PROMETHEUS TRAP/ The disaster and animals (9): Protection of cats in no-go zone took a back seat – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
“It was also difficult to distinguish pet cats from ownerless ones, and there were no traps for felines available.”
“At that time, no trap was used to take pets into custody. The rescuers would only seize animals that approached them”
“The plan for the pet rescue mission said the central government should carry out the mission with the help of the Fukushima prefectural government. That meant the Government of Japan’s Ministry ofEnvironment was in charge of implementing the plan, while the actual work was done by local government employees.”
The Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies charitable fund distributions were CONTROLLED by the Japan Veterinary Medical Association, according tohttps://seo.lin.gr.jp/nichiju/suf/topics/2011/20110621_03.pdf****. This means that if there were no traps available, that would be the fault of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association since they were in charge of “Notification, coordination, and liaison” with all members and issues involved with rescuing the disaster animals.
Mentioned in the other Prometheus Trap article, Jun Kawamata, Head of the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster Animal Rescue Task Force of Fukushima Veterinary Medical, also should have been addressing any issues involving the Fukushima Left Behind Animals. The Fukushima Veterinary Medical Association received 17,000,000 yen or ($171,600) from the Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies donated money fund. Surely, they could have purchased a few traps with the money or maybe borrow a few traps if they didn’t want to spend the money.
Although they would like to point out that this was the fault of the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Environment’s page refers people to the Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies. As mentioned earlier, the Japan Veterinary Medical Association had the “Schematic of the stricken animal rescue activities pertaining to East Japan earthquake” showing that they were responsible for Notification, Coordination, and Liaison.
They mention “local government employees”, they are referring to the local government employees like Takeshi Ono, chief veterinary technician at the Fukushima prefectural government. And, it can be assumed that where there is a veterinary technician, there are veterinarians. (A try at absolving veterinarians from GUILT.)
“The Environment Ministry recruited vets willing to take part in the rescue mission and compiled a list of more than 150 potential participants.
But the number of vets who actually took part in the operation was less than 20, including Watanabe. A majority of the vets on the list were never contacted.
Watanabe now wonders if the ministry was really serious about seeking the assistance of these vets.”
Watanabe should have asked the President of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association not the ministry about why only 20 vets were contacted. Again, the Japan Veterinary Medical Association, according to the diagram, were the Notification, Coordination, and Liaison people.
So, the real question is why the Japan Veterinary Medical Association did not buy traps to help catch and protect pets and why they did not seek the assistance of MORE vets. Many of the “veterinary Associations received enough money from the Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies donation fund to have participated, although, there may have been a few that were busy rebuilding their clinics/hospitals with donated funds that were collected via the Japan Veterinary Medical Association separtely collected donation fund for the relief of disaster animals. (http://nichiju.lin.gr.jp/topics/topic_view.php?rid=476)
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ The disaster and animals (9): Protection of cats in no-go zone took a back seat – AJW by The Asahi Shimbunhttp://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/life_and_death/AJ201305100009
****(Translation ofhttps://seo.lin.gr.jp/nichiju/suf/topics/2011/20110621_03.pdf : “Schematic of the stricken animal rescue activities pertaining to East Japan earthquake”
Japan Veterinary Medical Association : Notification and coordination and liaison. Support donation allocation