This is a very rare photo. One that the Japanese Government and the Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies does not want anyone to see. Pets trapped in a home, desperately trying to get someone’s attention. How many photos of living pets that were trapped in their homes have you seen? There were plenty of photos of the wandering pets because they aren’t as damning as the ones of the Fukushima pets desperate to get out of a locked home with no food, no water, and it is Summer, meaning that the home was HOT. Many of the residents did not leave open windows; their homes were locked tight. How do you think the International community would have reacted had they seen photos of trapped pets?
And, anyone that tried to alert the World about the “Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies” and what they were NOT going to do was reprimanded by them (The Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies are the Voice of the Government of Japan; appointed by the Government of Japan to handle the Animal Disaster Relief.)
(In case you missed this) Report by Journalist Toru Yamaji
“At first, I believed that the Headquarter would be taking a wide variety of actions to care for these animals,” says Yamaji, “so I encouraged people to donate to the Headquarter’s organizations. But as it turned out, they said they are not willing to rescue roaming dogs in the evacuation zone, and that they wouldn’t rescue dogs or cats that were indoors even if there were given power of attorney in order to retrieve the animals.
So, on Twitter I published: ‘This is terrible.’ The Headquarters called me and scolded me that “Because of what Mr. Yamaji has twittered, we have received complaints.”
But these are true facts. In addition, in response to questions about the distribution of funds from the massive donations collected by the Headquarters, their personnel would only tell me to ‘go to the Sanitary Office and request a ‘Opinion Brief’. So I did so and went to the Sanitary Office, but they said ‘No , you need to go to the Prefectural Government’. So of course I went to the (Fukushima )Prefectural Government, and told me, ‘We will not write a ‘Opinion Brief’.
I asked the Headquarters again, ‘Why are you collecting donations?’ Their answer was ‘We are unable to answer your question’ and sadly all I could do was laugh at this.”
Report by Journalist Toru Yamaji
English translation by Nippon SPCA (Notes) on Sunday, May 29, 2011
original report: http://www.cyzo.com/2011/05/post_7427.html