Prime Minister Abe,
The Coalition of FB Sites for the Rescue of Animals in the Fukushima No-Go Zone has continued to petition the Government of Japan regarding the Fukushima Left Behind Animals. Although some effort was made to rescue the Left Behind animals, there has been no TRUE effort to remove all of the animals that are in peril from continued exposure from their radioactive environment. The Fukushima animals are left chained or roaming, and they are pet animals, dogs and cats. All of the remaining dogs and cats in the Fukushima evacuated areas have not been removed. (see map : http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuclear/kinkyu.html#shiji
Based on the documents found on the Ministry of Economy,Trade, and Industry site regarding Great East Japan Earthquake related information, there is nothing regarding the remaining pets and how they were to be removed by their owners before the areas were blockaded. There was nothing mentioned about how the Fukushima Prefecture Government or the local town governments were to address the issue of removing all pets before the areas were shut. If this was an “oversight” by Government officials, it is UNACCEPTABLE and should be addressed immediately. If this was a deliberate action, please inform the world why the remaining Fukushima pet animals are left exposed to the continued harmful effects of their radioactive environment. (http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/index.html
Based on documents found on the Ministry of Environment regarding Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster situation Pet measures (http://www.env.go.jp/jishin/pet.html
), nothing could be found about informing owners to remove their chained dogs or wandering cats from the contaminated areas based on the hazard to the pet’s health. Nothing. There is no mention about the Ministry of Environment informing the Fukushima Prefecture or the local governments to remove pet animals before areas were blockaded. Nothing. How can there be nothing?
How is it that money that could be used to build additional shelters for owners that cannot keep their pets with them is spent on research projects involving “investigating radioactive particles and their effects on animals”? This absolutely does not make sense. Why is the Government of Japan spending money on the effects of radioactive materials on plants and animals when the areas are supposed to be “decontaminated” for return of residents. How is it that money is being spent to study the radioactive effects on living animals so that it may be useful to humans when the Government of Japan has assured its country that Nuclear Power Plants are safe and there is no need to worry about their continued use? If they are safe, there should be no need to spend Reconstruction money studying the effects of radiation on living beings since these studies, according to the assurances of the Government of Japan, will never be needed.
Money that was to be used for reconstruction of the devastated areas has been funneled to research projects, whaling and now “Fukushima” animals instead of using the money to build shelters for pets that remain left behind. Money is being used to support Government run cattle research ranches in Fukushima. Money that should be used to finance the removal of ALL Fukushima Left Behind pets in the evacuated areas.
This Government has neglected the needs of the pet owners that would like to keep their pets with them, and are not able to do this because of their temporary housing requirements. Why has this not been addressed by using Fukushima reconstruction funds to build Pet Friendly housing for them? This would then free up space for other Fukushima left behind pets?
Fukushima pets that remain chained or wandering in the evacuated areas should be considered ABANDONED by their owners. Responsible owners would not leave their pets in a dangerous environment to the continued exposure of a hazardous environment. The owners should have been notified that they had until the erection of the blockade to remove their pet and if they did not, the pet would be considered abandoned and would be removed by the Government officials. The newly abandoned pets from blockaded areas should then be put up for adoption. They should be given all the rights that all the other Fukushima pets that remain in shelters are given.
To date, this Coalition has written to this Government asking questions that were never answered. The questions: How many pets were left in the areas that would be blockaded? How were these pets going to be given food and water? What is the reason that the Government of Japan justifies leaving animals in a hazardous environment? Why does the Government of Japan do nothing to remove the remaining Fukushima left behind animals based on its own Japan Animal Welfare Act? Why has the Government of Japan denied allowing the private rescue organizations from entering areas that still have animals that are considered to be “pet” animals?
From the details of the planned decontamination and reconstruction of the Fukushima devastated areas, it is very noticeable that some how the Fukushima Left Behind animals were not given the same attention as “how to dispose of the ash from incinerators”. All the details are in this plan, except any information concerning the removal of the remaining Fukushima Left Behind animals. This is UNACCEPTABLE and this Government has NO EXCUSE that can be used for the DELIBERATE and CONTINUED NEGLECT of addressing the Fukushima Left Behind Animals.
When can the International Community see this Government remove the remaining Fukushima Left Behind pets from the blockaded areas? We will continue to PROTEST this INHUMANE treatment of the Fukushima Left Behind Animals until they are ALL removed and this has been verified by NON-Government Animal Organizations. The information posted on your own websites indicate that this seems to be a DELIBERATE action and is Unacceptable to the International Community. Remove the Fukushima Left Behind Pet Animals.
Coalition of FB Sites for the Rescue of Animals in the Fukushima No-Go Zone : 4785 individual members; 324 FB sites/organizations with a combined membership of 2,402,553 individuals from 96 countries.