There is a presumption that the animals in the Fukushima exclusion zone are all highly radioactive, will suffer much sickness, and if they breed, may have shocking mutations. And, killing them or ” euthanizing” them because of the issues mentioned, may not be a bad thing. It is something that I see and have read before, and it usually is in response to an article about letting the Fukushima animals live.
There are many points that one can argue with these kinds of statements.
The first being, any animal no matter what the condition should not be killed, for no other reason than it is convenient for someone to have the animal to die.
The next could be that no one knows just how radioactive an animal may be unless it is tested.
If the animal has been exposed to radioactive material and later becomes sick, it should be treated as any living being should be. If it is in severe pain, then, putting the animal to sleep is the option, but the euthanizing should be done by guidelines that are standards for veterinary care.
If the animals are captured and spayed or neutered, they won’t breed. And, again, the chances of mutations are based on many factors.. It would be difficult to believe that all the animals that can be rescued from this zone would have babies that are mutations. Actually, some of the animals are having babies, and the ones that are being caught, don’t seem to be suffering from mutations. They are suffering from neglect.
This is all the fault of the Government of Japan for not being able to manage the nuclear crisis that occurred. It is the result of their lack of fundamental respect for life.
I will continue to hope that the Fukushima animals will be rescued, those that are sick treated with all the compassion that they deserve. There is no excuse to do otherwise.