You may also be familiar with Mr. Yoshizawa. The man that runs the Hope Ranch or the Farm of Hope. He also has made a transformation. Mr. Yoshizawa used to work on the M Ranch, or what is now called the Farm of Hope. The M ranch was a multi-million dollar farm corporation, worth about 6.5 million dollars. The cattle was valued at about $13,000 dollars a head. So, now we have people that are collecting cattle because of hopes that they will be able to “decontaminate” them and then sell them as “edible” cattle for $$$$. All they have to do is find the company, that would be Sousei World that says that they can decontaminate the cattle. And, then while all this research is being carried out, have people send in Donations to help them research and decontaminate the cattle so that they can be back in business and sell the cattle for $$$$$$. All they have to do is convince everyone that either this is to ” help” the cattle live longer or tell people that this is to help them rebuild Fukushima or whatever else works for them.
The problem is that they would have people donate to them for this effort. And, that money is to be used to help them get back into the business of selling cattle for people to eat. Meanwhile, that money being used to help “save” the cattle with the end purpose of ” so we can eat them again”, does not actually let the cattle just live on a sanctuary farm, they get to live the life of “research” animal.
The people that are wanting donations for this, and do not have a problem with “radiation/decontamination”studies being performed on the cattle. They also probably do not have a problem with any money being used by the Government of Japan for Researchers and radiation studies. In the meantime, this money is being taken away from cats and dogs that are still in the exclusion zone. It is being taken away from building any new shelters for dogs and cats. And, the reason, because they want to be back in the “cattle” business.
The Yoshizawa spin is that this man wants to help his cattle. What they are leaving out is that Mr. Yoshizawa wants to help his cattle so that he can sell them so that people can eat them again. This also may explain the “sudden” interest in everyone that has decided to “rescue” the cattle. There seems to be big $$$$$$ involved.
By Chico Harlan The Washington Post (Originally published Sunday, November 20, 2011 )
Before the nuclear accident, Yoshizawa worked at the M Ranch, a 74-acre farm. From the corral where Yoshizawa kept his cattle, one could see the towerlike stacks of Fukushima Dai-ichi, just nine miles away.
Yoshizawa and his fellow ranchers raised the cows for their prized Wagyu beef, selling them to wholesalers for $13,000 per head. Then, in a five-day span of meltdowns and explosions, cesium and other radioactive isotopes were swept across the countryside; the cattle were worthless, and the farm’s president, Jun Murata, lost $6.5 million in assets. On March 18, Murata told his employees that this was the end. He went to the corral and unlatched the gate. Some 230 cows wandered into the open.
Most of the employees never returned. But Yoshizawa, with no wife and children, spent the next week thinking about his livelihood. He identified in new ways with the animals he once sold for their beef — he felt as if his own worth, too, was verging on zero.
So he clung to the ranch. He obtained a permit from a friend at the local mayor’s office, allowing him unfettered access to the no-go zone. He bought a dosimeter, clipping it to the front window of his car. He — and often Murata as well — made daily trips to the ranch, feeding the cattle with contaminated hay. A few of the animals turned feral, but most just stuck around.
“From farmland to wasteland Cattle, pets roam untended near closed Fukushima plant”