March 28, 2013
Update : Farm Arcadia actually shut down. That makes 2 for 2 cattle farms that were being assisted by Ruriko. I am not sure how the Hoshi Family “farm” with their cattle and the subsequent arrest of the 2 Hoshi family members will impact the farm, but I am betting that this farm will also be shutting down. That makes 3 for 3. Imagine that. (Not sure if it has to do with the “study” that she and Dr. Imamoto had collaborated to do with cattle and their offspring. Time will tell. All animal researchers don’t do a study and THEN NOT PUBLISH IT. Time is on my side.
Ruriko , an administrator for the Hachiko Coalition is very helpful with translating. She does so for a few sites. The funny thing about all of this is, that even though she states that she was a member of Kachiku-Otasuke-Tai. org, she didn’t really do much translating for them. A quick check of their facebook site shows this. Not much promoting their cause. Was she just a member to check and see how this organization may affect plans to do Animal Studies using the cattle that she had in place? Is she doing the same with Farm Arcadia? Only time will tell.
April 5, 2012
For those individuals that didn’t know about Shigeki Imamoto and what he really thought about the Fukushima left behind animals. He did go on tour talking about the Fukushima animals, but that was specifically set up for him to do that. When you look at those videos that he took, didn’t you wonder what he did OTHER THAN TAKE PICTURES? That was part of his job, to count animals NOT TO SAVE THEM. He collected money for the animals but where did that money go?
6HC: In your opinion, what are the radiation levels inside the 20km zone and have you seen any mutations in animals because of certain radiation levels? We understand you study genetics and associated diseases.
“Fortunately because we were not allowed to rescue, there are many new born cows and pigs in the exclusion zone. So far we do not have reports on mutations from the effects of radiation. It was a mistake that we did not start doing research from the beginning. However if I could do more research, I would like to do continue researching radiation and genetic mutations. Some genomes would be damaged by radiation. However depending on the damaged location the effect would differ. So far I have not seen any animals whose genomes are so critically damaged.”
” I was a group leader since it was called Fukushima Seibutsu shigen housha sen chousa dan (Fukushima animal resource radiation research group) before it became the VAFFA.”
April 5, 2012
The Current Situation Concerning the Handling of Animals Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
Nobuhiko ITO, Director, Kitasato Institute,
Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, Kitasato University
The reason why the Great East Japan Earthquake has produced a totally different situation from that of any previous major earthquake is that it has resulted in radioactive contamination across a wide area. This in turn has created three additional special problems for those engaged in animal rescue activities. Firstly, rescue workers have been exposed to radioactivity in some places where they were performing rescue activities; secondly, affected animals were exposed to both external and internal contamination by radioactive matter; and thirdly, rescue workers were not permitted access to the caution zone within a 20km radius of the damaged nuclear power plant.
The fate of many animals left inside the caution zone when their owners disappeared was not death caused by radiation but pain and death from starvation. But even in these circumstances, some of the animals whose owners deliberately released them from their cages or chains survived. In the case of dogs, cats, etc., sheltering activities have been continued with reference to the guideline document, “Methods of coping with radioactive contamination of animals’ bodies – urgent tentative measures”. This was introduced on the website of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association. However, with regard to farm animals, the chief of the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters ordered Fukushima Prefecture to euthanize livestock within the caution zone. Nevertheless, the current situation is that more than 1,000 runaway cattle and many feral pigs still survive within the caution zone. Animals within the zone have internal radioactive contamination and have become difficult to control so it is becoming harder to capture them safely.
In the face of government policy, those farming households that agreed to euthanize their cattle now feel that their animals were destroyed for no purpose. Moreover, there have been requests both from within Japan and from overseas to rescue animals from the caution zone or to use them for research that can benefit people. In response, the Chairman of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association did change his request to the affected parties, such that research using cattle contaminated by radioactive materials in the caution zone began in November. A research project has also started in an effort to evaluate the radioactive contamination of the forests that occupy 70% of the land area in Fukushima Prefecture. This is being done by surveying the internal radioactive contamination of wild animals living in the forests. These examples demonstrate that research into the effects of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident on wildlife has just begun.