Help save livestock victims in Fukushima, and improve respectful treatment of them.

Help save livestock victims in Fukushima, and improve respectful treatment of them.


The Association for Saving Affected Farm Animals of Fukushima was established on February 21st, 2012. They are now doing a signature‐collecting campaign on their website.

Here is the re-printing from the petition site of the Association for Saving Affected Farm Animals of Fukushima.
Please visit the site, sign and add your message. Also please spread this information.
Petition site

Many cows are killed every day by the decision of the Japanese government in the restricted area around the accident of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Many farmers had to release their own livestock due to the evacuation order after the disaster on March 2011. Currently the government leads roaming cows into fenced areas in order to euthanize them. Cows are terribly mistreated in fenced areas, are suffering from hunger and thirst, and some have died of starvation.

We are requesting the Prime Minister of Japan and related government offices to stop killing cows and improve respectful treatment of them.

For more detail please see our 1st petition page (we are trying to fix technical issues to send signatures from signers, but the story is available).

Please also visit the Association for Saving Affected Farm Animals of Fukushima on Facebook. The site is in Japanese, but some parts are translated to English.
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We need your help.

Besides the target Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, we are also targeting Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Michihiko Kano, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Yuhei Sato and the Livestock Division of each local government office.

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Questionnaire in the budget committee of the Diet about suffering animals and Japan Kennel Club

Questionnaire in the budget committee of the Diet about suffering animals and Japan Kennel Club.

Reprinting from the blog of Eiko Okamoto who belongs to the Democratic Party of Japan.

From Nagatacho: I asked some questions about the state of suffering animals. (March 5th, 2012)

I indicated that this situation was caused by the government, which did not set a precise course for the evacuation of pets, and the treatment of domestic animals.

For this question, the Senior Vice-Minister of Environment from Yokomitsu admitted that their response was generally late and insufficient. He also said that the Ministry of Environment will carry out rescue activity of abandoned dogs and cats this month, for 3 weeks.

However, the rescue activity is not so easy now because of deaths from starvation, and dogs becoming feral, and breeding. He said we have to find more timely measures for the future.

We also discussed the Japan Kennel Club. It is a commercial enterprise, but strangely classified as a Public Interest Corporation. Connected to the bureaucracy, it seems like a golden parachute destination.. I pointed out that one of recommended shops operated by Japan Kennel Club a dog's sickness was ignored, and a small dog exhibited abnormal behavior. I indicated their inadequate breeding and administration under poor conditions. They replied that they cooperate with guidance from the Ministry of Environment.

Finally, I spoke about article 2 of the Welfare and Management of Animals Act. “In consideration of animals as living beings, they should not be killed indiscriminately, not hurt, not made to suffer. We must consider a symbiosis with animals, and treat them with consideration.”

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The chairman of the board of directors for Japan Kennel Club spoke

The chairman of the board of directors for Japan Kennel Club spoke

"Let us shoot the domestic animals and pets dead, one after another, in the off-limits area in Fukushima,”

Reprinting from Yokohama Animal Family.

Extracts from the minutes of the Central Environment Council for Animal Welfare, the 22nd Central Environment Council Animal Welfare Committee.

【Nagamura】*The chairman of the board of directors for Japan Kennel Club. He is a former official in the Ministry of Agriculture. What I said may have been misunderstood. What I wanted to say is that there are so many domestic animals, like pigs and cattle, which are not fit, and impossible to evacuate together. For such domestic animals, if we see a situation in which we won’t be able to rescue them, let us immediately euthanize them by shooting them dead. It takes too much time, and so much energy, to kill them by poison. If they can’t be evacuated, a specialist should euthanize them by shooting. If we can add this into the law, it will be useful for disasters like this one. Of course, it must be understood that this is a reasonable strategy for animal welfare. This is what I wanted to say.

【Hayashi chairman】 The Welfare and Management of Animals Act is quite principled. Committee spokesman Mr. Nagamura meant we have to add the article for cases of disaster.

【Yamazaki committeeman】 To avoid misunderstanding of what committee spokesman Nagamura said, I want to add a comment. I think the Veterinary Association should make a document for allowing euthanasia to take place this way. In fact, the inspector of RSPCA in the UK, (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), use rifles for euthanasia as a matter of choice. They bring the gun by car, locked in a case. They try to minimize trauma to the animals. We have to be precise about what euthanasia means, and then we have to consider what spokesman Nagamura said.


Certainly the RSPCA puts down animals by gun. However this does not apply to healthy animals, even though it is difficult to evacuate them. The former head of the RSPCA Inspectorate, Mr.Tony Crittenden, said 'We do euthanasia for animals which suffer terrible, incurable pain, when it would be cruel to allow that suffering to continue. We don’t call it is euthanasia if it is a painful death like in Japan. We don’t kill easily if there is any possibility of remedy and cure.

※from Mr.Tony Crittenden’s lecture in Japan in 2007.

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Donation event in Fukushima

March 10-11, 2012
Donation event in Fukushima

After the two-day of donation event in Fukushima, I thank you all so much for your support. We have had excellent results. I deeply appreciate it. However, I had so many things to do when I came back to Kanagawa.

Here is a short video of our donation event. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BLA0tgcrJRY

It was very bad weather for going to Fukushima, but the snowscape was so beautiful.


The venue was “Mazessa Koriyama”. There was a photo exhibition of Koji Nakagwa on the 2nd floor. He has been taking photos of abandoned animals in Fukushima.


We were worried about whether we could gather many people because of snow and cold weather. However, the people from Mazessa Koriyama were calling with microphones to pedestrians, despite the cold.
"Please accept abandoned pets from the off-limits area as your family.”
“Please visit the photo exhibition and see the truth.”
“We call aloud to the people in Fukushima. We can still save lives.”
Their action gave me so much energy.
I almost cried tears of happiness.
Many other people also responded.


The volunteers in Fukushima also talked to people who want to be host families.


I was not well. So I sat down while discussing the details, and making contracts with applicants.


Mr. Nakagwa offered explanations about his photos on the 2nd floor.


Some people couldn’t stop crying over the tragic situations of the animals.


Pedestrians stopped for the sign.


The volunteers and people in Fukushima have so much passion. Why don't our politicians listen to this.

It’s been one year from the disaster on March 11th. I was in the hospital at that time for the rehabilitation of cerebral infarction. After that I hurried to the afflicted area and began desperately doing rescue activity. These people today in Mazzesa Koriyama never imagined having a donation event. They try so hard to save the animals.
At the same time, the animal doctor and the volunteer in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital cooperated, one and all, for the donation event.
Our power is made greater by this cooperation.

The next day the weather was fine, and the street was busy with pedestrians and various events. Our members also heated up the event.


At 14:46, the time of the the earthquake, Dankan, who is a comedy actor, visited our event.


He visited the exhibition, and talked with Koji Nakagawa.


TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital and Fukushima found host families for 7 cats and 3 dogs. When people who want to save lives gather, we become a powerful energy. Thanks to people who came from Yamagata, Saitama, and Fukuoka. I wouldn't have been able to do it alone. I deeply thank all of you for giving me such strong energy.

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SAVE! Animals Dying in Fukushima Ⅱ

Thank you so much for your sign and comment to save animals in Fukushima.
Here we want to introduce some commets.


Pets are one of our family!(Japan)

let them free !!!!! (France)

Please don't let these animals suffer any longer(USA)

STOP PLEASE !!!! (France)

shame on you(France)

Pour le monde et les humains orientons nos choix sur des valeurs élevées et responsables. (France)

This disaster has no doubt been overwhelming - but more so because the Japanese government has not dealt with the pets and animals left behind for high exposure and slow death. They should put their resources toward the animals and people in the high radiation zones and GET THEM OUT and help them either die quickly or get treatment. (USA)

save animals!!!!!!! (Italy)


non si possono abbandonare gli animali così.....dimenticarsene proprio... (Italy)

SHAME ON YOU JAPAN SHAME!!!! (Netherlands)

horrible, disgraceful, cruel beyond belief!!! those animals deserve to live!!!!(USA)

Great people MUST save animals, not leave them alone to die!!!! (Italy)

We ALL have a duty to take care of EVERY living creature on this planet, so stop being selfish and only looking out for yourselves. (UK)

Animals suffer not only people in disasters. But many people think only of people, which is sad. They deserve to be saved as well. Have a heart and help the helpless animals. (USA)

Please allow animal rescue groups as much time as they need to pick up animals in the 20k evacuation zone near the TEPCO power plant. Thank you! (USA)

In the name of Lord Jesus, have mercy on other creatures of God. (Philippines)

Please extend entry permits beyond 12/27/11 -- there is no limit on life and there shouldn't be any limit for a rescue. (USA)

Free will for those who want to go back and look for their animals!! (USA)

Be responsible, the world is watching your lack of action(Australia)

Every life, no matter how small, deserves the right to flourish. As humans, it is our duty to ensure all creatures are treated with dignity and not cruelty. "The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated." Gandhi(USA)

Please don't let these animals suffer any longer(USA)

shame on you(France)

Please help those harmless animals! (Italy)

Plz save these animals (India)


SAVE the Animals in Fukushima!!!!! LOVE the Animals in Fukushima!!!!! WITH the Animals in Fukushima!!!!! (Japan)

Please do not abandon the life of animal. Please save the precious life. They have a heart. Give them the right to live! (Japan)

I was stationed in Northern Japan for 3 years and one of the many things that so impressed me was the consistent respect for life, be it human or animal that I witnessed. Now, to see these poor, innocent, beloved pets being left to die, frightened and alone, stuns me. Please, there's still time to save those who have survived and redeem yourselves in the eyes of humanity.(Japan)

Why? This terrible situation caused by human. Why the innocent life has to be sacrificed? Japan is the slaughter nation for animal! Please everyone in the world!! Please demand to our country to stop this slaughter!! Please voice laud to abuse that the Japan is not an advanced nation if they abandon the small life! Please support to help the animals in Fukushima! Please!!! (Japan)

Please allow the pet owners and rescuers into the exclusion zone, the innocent animals must be saved.(Ireland)

Please help the animals in Fukushima, they are cold and starving. (Australia)

We ALL have a duty to take care of EVERY living creature on this planet, so stop being selfish and only looking out for yourselves. (UK)

These once-family members deserve more than to be left behind to suffer and die. People who have lost everything deserve the chance to go and find their family members, these lives are precious. The world is watching and hoping the PM of Japan will do the right thing and allow families to be reunited with their pets. (USA)

These animals have suffered long enough at the hands of the Japanese Government and it's not right! There are many people who want to help and save these animals and they won't let them or they want to murder these animals instead. PLEASE, let these people save these helpless animals! (USA)

We can anything for them! Or we must! Or, We are no longer human being. (Japan)

Pets are our family. They still believe someone will pick them up and waiting. Please please help them. (Japan)

I have been watching the movements around this artificial tragedy.The rescue activities of civil animal supporting parties were allowed after 8 months have passed, but the term for rescue is limited by the government only for this year! Please let the rescue continue until all the animals will be saved! Please cooperate to move the government again. (Japan)


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SAVE! Animals Dying in Fukushima

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Photo Journalist Koji Nakagwa

Photo Journalist Koji Nakagwa

Mr.Koji Nakagawa is based in Aichi prefecture. He has been taking photos in troubled areas for over 10 years. He started to take the photos of street cats when he met an abandoned cat in the park. Since then, he has been appealing to public opinion for the cats' lives and peace. As part of his activity to protect street cats, he manages the “STREET CATS” website and photo exhibition.


Koji Nalagawa

The story of a cat and me ~ a little life which humans think to be foolish.

Will we forget about beings smaller than us, who share our lives, supporting each other? This is the story of a small life, thought foolish by humans, yet struggling through hardship.

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Reconciliation example from a statement by Tokyo Electric Power Company – compensation for the death of a pet is 50,000 yen

Reconciliation example from a statement by Tokyo Electric Power Company – compensation for the death of a pet is 50,000 yen.

It is too sad that 50,000 yen is the value a life. I want to hold them once again, let them live. Still now thousands of pets are left behind in the off-limits area. One after another they perish. Tokyo Electric Power Company must rescue these pets before they die.

Reprinted from the website of the lawyers for victims of the nuclear plant accident.

The lawyers for victims of the nuclear plant accident announced a settlement in a case pertaining to the Nuclear Damage Dispute Resolution Center, coming to terms with Tokyo Electric Power Company. The substance of reconciliation is as follows;                                                                                                                  1. The damage for a building is 14,000,000 yen, the damage for household effects is 4,750,000 yen, the compensation per person is 1,420,000 yen (from March to November, 2011), the compensation for the death of a pet per person is 50,000 yen, making a total of 23,127,050 yen, (U.S.$280,515), including the lawyer's expenses, for the petitioner (a married couple), to be paid by March 9th, 2012.

2. Separately, 120,000 will be paid for transportation, hotels, and medical expenses.

3.The temporary compensation allowance of 1,600,000 yen already paid is not to be deducted.

4. 1,000,000 in further compensation will depend on circumstances of the victims, as negotiated and agreed of by the concerned parties.

Lawyers for the victims of the nuclear accident offered this plan to Tokyo Electric Power Company on December 27th, 2011, and, after having refused at first, TEPCO finally accepted the terms. This result is assessed as an advance of relief for the victims. However there are still some problems to be resolved.

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March 6th, 2012

There are so many cattle, cold and hungry, inside and outside of the fence. Where is the food? Where is the water? Food may just bring them all together to be euthanized. Miserable cattle.


Mr Y in industry Division in this town explained the process;
Q: Does somebody provide food and water?
A: Yes, we provide food and water.

Q: Who provides the food and water, and where does it come from?
A: The person in charge of the government Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It comes from the livestock hygiene service centre in Iwaki city.

Q: How long are they left with no roof, all wet, under such bad conditions?
A: It depends.

Q: What about the ones that came into the fenced area, are you planning on keeping them alive?
A: We kill the cattle with no tag, and ones for which we have permission from the owner.

Q: Do you kill them in this place?
A: Yes, in this place.

Q: You use injection for killing?
A: Yes, it is euthanasia.

Q: What drugs do you use for euthanasia?
A: Please contact with Iwaki livestock hygiene service centre.

Q: If the owner doesn’t agree with the euthanasia, what happens to their cattle? Do they die from starvation in these terrible conditions?
A: We provide food. It's not perfect, but there's no food outside of the fence, and they risk falling into ditches. There is more food inside of the fence.

Q: The pen will be full of cattle if you can’t get the permission of the owners.
A: There haven't been any cases of owners who don’t accept euthanasia. It has been smoot
h, although maybe that's not the most appropriate word to use.

Q: They might be forced to accept this. How many cattle have you killed in your town? A: 80.



Holdout Refuses to Leave Japan's Nuclear Zone.
*Extract from EX-SKF-JP (BBC interview)

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Atonement for our sin

March 3rd, 2012
Atonement for our sin

If nothing had happened, the snowscape would be so beautiful. I am reminded that peace and happiness are found in calming quietude.


After the Tsunami, the mountainous rubble, rubble, rubble..........


Survival in a ghost town. Our sin is so deep. If even just a little, lease let me atone for our sins.


Enduring life in the coldness and solitude. So bravely awaiting your family. In whatever slight warmth you can find, rest well, and heal.


Some pet owners offer us their house to leave food and water. They have big hearts, and the generosity to save abandoned lives. They are also having a very hard life. But even in such a difficult situation, people can offer support. I want to be be like them, to be humane like them.

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Lives victimised by nuclear facilities

March 2nd, 2012
Lives victimised by nuclear facilities

This time it was very hard work, in heavy snow. It was very cold, but I was drenched in sweat.


The rescue request this time was a for a few pets, around 1km area from the nuclear plants. I have never been so close to the nuclear plants. When I heard the news of blockades, my body and heart almost burst with grief. I tried to gather information from people who bring food, and rescue pets near nuclear plants. This time I went farther than ever.

Beyond this is the ocean.

The white part on the road is piled with snow.

We must continually check for dangers before going on.

We didn’t see many cats, maybe because of the snow.

But foot prints........
Foot prints of cats, birds........everywhere.

It is not too late. If we move now, there are lives to be saved, just there.

Please let us rescue them.

Luckily, we had a request from one owner, for 2 cats. We confirmed one cat in Namie-machi. The owner will take him/her back as soon as they find an apartment.

Another cat’s owner offers us their house to leave food. Thanks to this cooperation, we rescued many cats there. Cats that had been seen, but fled last August, were finally caught in October. It's possible that some have wandered from their original locations, so we're checking each by photo. Actually this cat is already living with a host family. But if the owner is found, we'll give it back. This is the agreement with the host family. I told this host family about this inquiry today.

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Leaving for Fukushima

Leaving for Fukushima on February 28th, 2012

I really don’t know what to do.
Just crying about it won't help.
I'm going to Fukushima now.
If there are barricades at 1,000s of spots, what can we do?
We still don’t have the enough refuge space, but we continue to rescue as many pets as we can from around the nuclear plants.
I asked the pet hotel in Fukushima to help with housing these pets.

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Japan going mad. Blocking the roads to the 50mm sv evacuation zone with barricades.

On February 24th, the government announced it's plan to block the roads to the high radiation evacuation zone (annual radiation dose of more than 50 milisieverts at one meter in height from the ground), with barricades. The creation of evacuation zones will be re-assessed in April. This measure will take effect at thousands of points.

The purpose of the measure is to keep people out of the high radiation area, and also to protect household effects in the evacuation zones. The review of evacuation zones is intended to replace the 20km off-limits area with more specific locations, targeting especially high radiation areas.

For temporary home visits by residents, relevant barricades will be temporarily opened.

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About Us

Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital:
We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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