This is Tora-kun.
He is now in the TNR Animal Welfare Hospital in Kawasaki. He has a good appetite, and is doing his best. He was quite fearful at the beginning, but is ok now. We can stroke him. It reminds him of the pleasure of feeling well, I think.
On the 10th, he had an operation for both eyes, but he still has eyeballs. The conjunctiva stuck tightly to the cornea. The eyes, which are covered by the conjunctiva, weren't able to see or move. The conjunctiva was sewed behind the eyelid so as not to adhere again. I hope he can get back the sight, even if it is just a little. It will be easier if he can move the eyeballs.
We gave him anesthetic, so at the same time, we did castration as well.
He is getting better after the successful operation. His anxiety is gone, and he seems well.
He can go home soon.
I don’t know how many times I have visited Namie-machi. There are unforgettable moments for each and every cat.
This cat was found by a volunteer when we went to one owner’s house by their request last summer. Since then I have visited this house every month, but that cat was not in the capture cage. Whenever I visited, other cats were in the capture cage. Some of them have been returned to their families.
We were checked up on by police one time during our rescue activity. At that moment, we had stopped our car to rescue this cat. A police car came when we picked up the empty plastic food bag. It was quite obvious what we were doing. Police said you are feeding cats, aren’t you?
But anyway, we kept visiting this place for that cat again and again. Then finally this cat appeared in the capture cage! But this is not the end in this area. There are some other cats and I still keep on visiting the area.
After the rescue, the cat's health is examined at TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. As we don’t have enough places to keep them all, we look for host families. For such host families, we make the contract as if the owner was found. We have to give the cat back to the owner. This cat started a new life with a very kind host family.
After a while, one person contacted us about this cat. We exchanged photos and other information; we confirmed this cat belongs to this person. We discussed it with the host family and the owner, and the owner went to the host family’s house to receive this cat.
We are happy that the cat was finally returned to the owner, but it is also sad for the host family. We appreciate this host family's generosity so much. We wish they could adopt other pets, but considering how they might feel after this, we just can’t say that to them.
Here is the message from this host family:
I want to let you know that I gave the cat back to the owner today. Everyone in the family, the mother and all 3 children came to receive this cat. They have other cats. I felt relieved that this cat won’t feel lonely. Their lifestyle as evacuees is still not stable. If they need my help to look after their cats, I'll be pleased to do that. Thank you so much.
Here is the message from this owner.
We were happy to meet our cat Sakura again yesterday.
I am grateful beyond words to Inuneko Kyusaino Wa / TNR Animal Welfare Hospital. We thank you so much. We can’t get our former life back, but our sadness has been lightened after getting back Sakura. Thank you so much.
People who didn’t know each other are linked by cats. I continue to wish for the happiness of cats, and people who are involved with them.
By the way, this cat’s name is Sakura. Please compare the photo of Sakura when she was in the cage and now. She looks twice as big, like a ball. She was spoiled by the host family. Happiness is like a ball...complete circle.......
On April 22nd, we held a donation event and exhibition of photos by Kouji Nakagawa in “Michinoeki Hirata”, located at Hirata-mura, Ishikawa-gun, Fukushima. This time we joined with a veterinarian, because 2 dogs from Fukushima Kita health center, and some kittens, were involved.
This donation event was realized due to requests by people in Fukushima. Such strong demand inspired us.
The weather forecast said bad news, but I didn’t think it would be so cold. It was. Finally we cancelled participation with the kitten's adopting family because of the coldness. Instead, we posted notices concerning adoption for people interested in kittens.
The family considering receiving this old dog, “Kinoko-chan”, from the health center, with our staff.
Most visitors were from Fukushima prefecture, and it was a different atmosphere. Many people were living in the off-limits area, and talked with Kouji Nakagawa while looking at his photos.
There was a person who was looking for information about a missing cat. I said “It is better to think that your cat is not rescued yet. So the first priority is feeding.” I got the address of this person. Recently many people contact me to get information about their pets. They are trying to find pet photos, but not many people are leaving food in their house. I really want their pets to survive. The top priority is food.
Any living thing has to eat. We don’t have the right words to express the suffering of hunger.
I want to tell the owners that it is important to leave food in their house, or wherever the cat was, and at the same time look for the photos of the pets.
Kinoko and Sakura will be trying out life with the host family. It will be hard for the host family to toilet-train them, and compatibility with their current dog may be an issue. I hope it goes well.
Fimally, I want to thank the people of Fukushima, and the volunteers. All of you saved many lives. Your strength helped to make this donation event, and to give happiness to precious lives.
Thank you so much.
We are holding a donation event every weekend. Plus I go to Fukushima to leave food, do rescue activity, and work in the hospital. This is physically quite hard, and sometimes I really want to have a good long sleep. But my fellow relief workers in Fukushima, working together as volunteers and veterinarian in the shelter, and people who support our activity, all encourage me a lot. This is why I can continue this activity without succumbing to the difficulties. Honestly, I want so much just to relax a little, but at this moment I must go to rescue the animals still waiting there.
Third time in this place. I couldn’t go there for long time. I couldn’t stand it when I heard there are still pets living there after the Tsunami.
It was true. How can they survive in such a terrible area.
If I see a cat where a house still stands I leave a letter.
I got a call from the owner of this house, who is a worker in the nuclear power plant. He wanted to express his thanks. I said let's rescue his cat.
It's painful to imagine the emotion of an owner whose home is in an area that's due to be closed. I will do my best to rescue the pets. I captured this cat thanks to someone offering me their barn for feeding. This cat will certainly make it back to the owner’s loving arms.
It’s been one year since the off-limits area was created. I was desperate one year ago. So many people were involved with sleepless rescue activity. All of us tried to rescue the dogs and cats before the area was closed.
After the off-limits area was created, the rescue workers decreased day by day, due to the severity of police guarding. Now there are not many, but still so many cats remain, battling hunger to survive.
My strength is strained, but I still have a little left to rescue such cats.
In the last donation event, 6 cats found host families. Yesterday, I got a call to receive 3 sick and unfriendly cats. It is so much appreciated. I can now receive 9 cats from the afflicted area.
However, still so many cats are left. We continue the rescue activity, to cooperate with the residents in the off-limits area, and all of Fukushima.
April 18th, 2012
Discovered the owner through the resident's community.
We found the owner of the tortoiseshell cat in Ohkuma-machi.
We transfered this cat from Kawasaki to Fukushima on April 22.
How we find the owner is that first of all we leave the food in the owner’s yard or barn. As you imagine, other cats also find this food. We are always informed about this by the owner. We can check whether cats came or not by the reduction in food. Then we set the capture cage. The cat in the capture cage is protected. If we capture a cat not belonging to the owner, we have to try to find that cat's owner.
This may be old-fashioned, but it's a reliable way. We always try to find the owner through community connections.
We show the cat’s photos, which we took around the owner’s house. Even if the owner doesn’t see their own cats, they sometimes realize that this cat may be the neighbor’s cat. Then we try to find that neighbor, wherever they evacuated to. If we are lucky, we find the owner. If not, we ask this owner to set the food and capture cage in their own yard. We can get a variety of kinds of information through this activity.
We found the owners for 8 cats in Ohkuma-machi. Now we are searching for more. This result is because of the relationship of the residents. The owner, who found their cat, will allow us to leave food in their yard.
On April 22, 3 cats going home to Fukushima from Kawasaki. We can go again to rescue more cats in Fukushima.
Fukushima in April.
There was a tanuki, (raccoon dog). It's body is dried and cracked, and has terrible scabies. It must be in such pain. But still alive.
I want to cure it, and let him/her live.
This is also a private house.
What is it?
Something sat up abruptly.
2 Inobuta (crossbreed between the wild boar and the pig)?
Everyone living so desperately.
When the residents start to return, the animals will not be welcome. Please do not kill the animals any more.
The value of these lives is the same as ours. Humans must think about ways to live together with animals.
The abandoned cats are living desperately, even if it is not their house, and not with their family. What should we do? We have to take action. Otherwise nothing will change.
It is enough to see the dead body, lost to starvation. They look for food over and over, but find nothing. Death from hunger must be so miserable. No further!!
On April 3rd, the day before we left, I had a phone call from the fellows for rescue activity in Fukushima. Someone found a blind brown tabby cat. The characteristics were similar to those of a house-cat who has been searched for by the owner.
This cat was found in a building along the route-6, which is busy road, and far from the owner’s house. If someone isn't concerned about the abandoned animals, it is difficult to find.
“We have been looking for this cat for so long, by the owner’s request. Ms.Yui, can you go there?”
There are procedures necessary for obtaining permission to go into the off-limits area. Coincidentally, we were preparing to go to the off-limits area when I got this call. A voice of the god of animals said to me, “This is your mission”.
Right now, the cat's location is certain, but I will go there 2 days later. I prayed “Do not move, wait for me.”
The schedule of activity in the off-limits area is so tight. We have so many objectives, and must try to do everything. For that we make a detailed plan; how to move, how to work, to get good results. Life is always our top priority.
This brown tabby cat’s name is Tora-kun. We have to find him in 2 days. We prepared 4 capture cages with food.
When we got to the place, the police cars were coming and going quite often. There were no places to park that would be hidden from police cars. We have to make sure there are none around us.
I reckoned we have 1 minute. To decide the parking position is 5 seconds. To check the cat's location, 10 seconds. To decide where we set the capture cage, 10 seconds. We must set the capture cage within 30 seconds. It was a very gusty day. The strong wind sometimes shut the gate of the capture cage. Also, sometimes the cat doesn’t come out. The smell of food doesn’t reach the cat. I wrote a message on a scrap of paper, as we will pick up this cage later. It all took just 1 minute.
Quickly, we left this place. I was slow, as usual, but the other volunteer was quick like a Ninja.
Then we tried to capture 3 other cats, by the owner’s request. This owner’s house is one hundred meters beyond, to the east. There was some food, left by volunteers. We set the capture cage and the automatic food machine. The owner kindly allowed us to leave the gathered rubbish on their property . This makes us easy to gather the rubbish later.
We tried to check up on Tora-kun. But the capture cage was empty.
“There!” the volunteer said. “I saw Tora-kun” It must be Tora-kun!”. Ninjya volunteers have very good eyes. It's always the volunteers that spot cats from a moving car.
We went to Namie-machi to leave food, and to collect the rubbish at every point. We gathered all rubbish at the site of one resident who had offered to store it. Thank you so much.
We went in the direction of Futaba-machi, where Tora-kun is, while giving out the food. We slowed down the car and found Tora-kun in the building. It was still gusty, so we were worried that he might not come out from the building. Then we went to check the capture cage in the owner’s house. There was a cute brown tabby in the cage.
After that we kept setting the capture cages, and captured 3 cats. But this owner’s cats are 2 calicos and 1 white. So none of the three belong to this owner. Looking carefully at these cats, a brown tubby and a black cat seem to have been born after the disaster. That means they're not familiar with humans. I am wondering if they are tamed or not.
Then back to Tora-kun. Unfortunately, he was not in the cage. I wish we could have more time. If we had more time, we could set the capture cage in a better place, avoid the wind.
We can’t behave openly while we set the capture cage. We don't want to be caught by police. Just in case, we went by 2 cars though. The time to leave from the off-limits area has already passed. But we can’t lose this chance to help Tora-kun. He may not be here tomorrow. Our time's up. So we decided to stay in Futaba-machi to hide ourselves. I think it is waste of time for police to arrest an animal rescue party like us. They’d do better to arrest thieves. One house from which we had a rescue request changed the window, but it was broken again.......
Finally our wish was realized, and Tora-kun came into the capture cage. Thank you, Tora-kun. The owner never gave up finding him, and the volunteer continued supporting the owner's search. Humans can help the animals. We can save life, if we can cooperate.
I put the baked bonito and the powder of silvervine in the capture cage for Tora-kun. He is blind and depends on his sense of smell. This baked bonito is donated goods. It is expensive, good stuff. Thank you so much for your support. We saved Tora-kun because of your support.
Tora-kun was transferred to Kawasaki, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. We observed him in the pet hotel in Fukushima but he was not well. After the discussion with the owner and the supporting volunteer, we decided to look after him in our hospital. He is 5 years old, still young. If he gets over the dehydration and gets back his appetite, he can recover soon. We will bring him back to Fukushima after he gets back his health, takes the vaccine, and undergoes castration.
I thank you so much for your cooperation. I will report to you again about Tora-kun.
It has been difficult to report about the activity in off-limits area as we have so many things to do. We could report only to the owners and the volunteers. If the details have not been transmitted, I apologize to people who have been concerned.
April and May is the breeding season for cats. Every June and July, the Animal Welfare Center is full of kittens. New life will come, even in the afflicted area, where people no longer live. Even though we're so busy already, numbers of those we would like to help will increase, regardless of whether or not we can save them all. I must hurry, it's time to make important decisions.
Starting a new project involves tension and stress. Aware of the limits to my abilities as just one person, the strong support encourages me to go forward, step by step.
I found a property for new animal shelter “The house of animals”. The temporary agreement is done. The formal agreement will be done at the end of May because of the financing. We have been receiving your great support. I'm doing my best for the financing.
I must realize this new animal shelter. It puts big pressure on me, but I believe I can do it, especially with the help of our supporters. In such a busy period, I don’t call you, or I don’t write you to express my thanks. I believe that to realize the new shelter is to give you back my gratitude.
Please keep a very close watch on what is happening. Please push me to go for it.
I always thank all of you so much.
April 7th, 2012 Akiko Yui / TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
We need your help!
Your donation allows us to keep doing anything, and everything, that we possibly can, to help abandoned animals in the no-entry evacuation zone, and establish the “Animal House” which can take care of more pets. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us.
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A Siamese mix cat “Hime” (Princess) returned to her family.
How safe she feels in her owner’s arms, with that familiar voice calling her name. I am glad that this little princess of a cat fought so well to survive the hunger and hardship. I'm so grateful to the residents who offer their houses as a feeding point. They save so many lives.
Koitaro in Namie-machi.
Koitaro, who was rescued in Namie-machi, was adopted by a volunteer of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
He was sitting in front of a big house which has Koi (carp). This is why we gave him the name of Koitaro. He was friendly, and wore a pink collar. We thought he belongs to this house though.
Koitaro is big. He was waiting in a small cage for a host family, but we couldn’t find one. He has FIV. We all wanted to give him some happy days. One volunteer came to care about him. She asked if she could adopt him. Of course! All volunteers in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital are so great! Now he is out of the small cage, and fawning on the new family. He has a good appetite.......will he get bigger?
Please do not give up! We'll find your pets together.
The activity in Fukushima is quite hard physically and mentally. It has never gotten easier. We were planning to provide 1 ton in 2 days, but finally we gave out 1.5 ton. The energy of the volunteers is so great.
We visited all the points between Naraha-machi and Namie-machi. On the second day, we focused on the Tsunami areas around nuclear power plant.
In some places we can see parts of houses and some places are completely destroyed.
We see the cats one by one in this ghost town. They are living in desperation.
I was contacted by a volunteer who is helping an owner to find a cat. She found a cat similar to one on our list, but it wasn't the right one. But it has been abandoned, and so may get taken anyway. I told her that giving food is the top priority for now.
There are so many cats left, living in desperation. We very much want to encourage the owners; please do not give up, and please try to find your pets. At least, please tell me your address. I will go and search as much as I can. First of all, I want to send food.
These days, there are not so many rescue requests. Why is that? There are many cats still left. Did they give up? Please never give up! We will find your pets together.
In Namie-machi, I saw such a happy scrap of paper.
“We found our cats. Thank you for your help.”
Cats after the Tsunami
Soon after the disaster, I got a rescue request. “My house was carried away by the Tsunami. But the second floor might be there. We tried to find it, but we couldn’t.” Depending on the area, the damage is different, and the situation now is quite different.
Around Naraha-machi, there are wrecks of houses, and we find cats one by one. How can they survive without food. We left as much food as possible.
In Futaba-machi and Ohkuma-machi, most of the houses were carried away. We imagine there are no cats there. But soon we won’t be able to go there, because of the complete blockade by the government. Unable to contain ourselves, we rushed from town to town.
One month ago, I saw many cattle on the road and in the field. This time, in March, the cattle are fewer and fewer, I don’t see them much. There used to be so many cattle in Namie-machi, but we didn’t see any at all. So, the residents are coming back soon? This is an ironic fact. Why don't people think to live together with nature?
During feeding activity for cats this time I wanted to take care of a few cattle I met.
The first day.
Our purpose was 1 ton feeding.
The first feeding point in off-limits area, Tomioka-machi. Last December, we had information about a black cat. Not giving up, we set 2 capture cages.
What a surprise! 4 healthy head of cattle here! We left 20kg food from donations we had received in support of cattle.
They ate well. We left water, but because of the rain yesterday they are not so thirsty.
Naraha-machi to Namie-machi, we ran around feeding and capturing.
There was one cat in a capture cage. The cat looks fine because there is always food there. This cat wears a pink collar. I will write about this cat later.
The cattle which we saw in the morning looked relaxed, and well fed.
They were looking at us with cute and tender eyes. This was a peaceful time.
We left more food. Please be well, and survive. Do not get caught until rescue.
I am going to contact the society for farm animals to help the cattle.
Questions and answers with House of Representatives member Tsutomu Takamura at the Committee on Environment.
*Reprinting from Mr.Tsutomu Takamura’s blog.
The relationship of animal welfare and farm animals, such as runaway cattle in Fukushima's off-limits area.
Pet rescue activity in the off-limits area has been done by private rescue parties. However, livestock, including 3500 cattle and 30,000 pigs, were abandoned, and died of starvation. Still at this time several hundred cattle run loose. There are reports of accidents and damage to homes. This situation is criticized both within, and outside the country, in relation to the revival of the disaster area, and animal welfare. The instruction from the government is for euthanasia with the agreement of the owner. However, 110 farm families still don’t agree. At this moment, 757 head have been captured, 710 euthanized, and over 360 run wild.
■Questions and answers with Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Mr. Nakano.
Q1: At the budget committee meeting on March 5th, you said that rather than euthanasia, you would examine the possibility of using "rent-a-cow" cattle, for practical purposes such as weeding, or for research, etc. How about it now? What is the status of these deliberations?
A: Some members of the assembly would prefer to keep them alive for scientific research. We have supported public research facilities like universities when they offered research plans, including funding, and interfacing with residents. We support considering and enabling, together with Fukushima prefecture, research facility requests for pasturage to be used in research scenarios, preferably on a large scale, but regardless of size.
■Questions and answers with vice minister.
I want to ask the Ministry of the Environment about this issue from the perspective of animal welfare. Already the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is starting research activity despite limited, and limiting conditions. From now on, they will share deliberations on research plans, and will carry them out as much as possible. People from around the nation, with innumerable opinions, are gathered at the Ministry of the Environment.
Q2: How do you conceive the value of “Farm Sanctuary”? In Article 1 of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, it says “The purpose of this act is to engender a spirit of support for animal welfare among citizens, and contribute to the development of respect for life, and sentiments of amity and peace. This will be done by providing for the prevention of cruelty to animals, the proper handling of animals, and other matters concerning animal welfare, as well as by preventing animals from causing infringement on the life, body, or property of humans, by providing for matters concerning the management of animals.” If we follow this article, we must commend this thought. In Article 44, it says “The term "protected animal" as used in the preceding three paragraphs shall be the animals listed here: (i) Cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, domestic rabbits, chickens, domestic pigeons, and domestic ducks (ii) Animals in the possession of persons where such animals are categorized as mammals, birds or reptiles, other than those listed in the preceding item”. In Western countries, there are animal shelters for afflicted animals, “Farm Sanctuaries”, to keep them throughout their lives.
A: (Fuku daijin) I hadn't known about this. I was amazed to find they are managed by private relief organizations, which take lifelong care of the animals. It's the first time we have ever had to make an off-limits area. However, I respect such private parties, which make up for the administration. I want to continue gathering information.
Q3: In Article 3 of Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, it says “The national government and local governments shall, in accordance with the purpose of the previous article, endeavor to promote education, and raise awareness with regard to the welfare and proper care of animals, in coordination with each other through educational activities, publicity activities and other similar activities at such places as schools, communities and homes.” The Basic Guidelines state that the public's understanding of animal welfare issues cannot be said to be sufficient. Particularly in the nurturing of children, contact with animals, and experience with caring for them, can contribute to spiritual and emotional growth. "Last year on May 25th, zoologists and biologists at the Veterinary Medical Association submitted a letter of request for the founding of a national research facility to house and protect the afflicted animals as valuable biological resources. On July 8th, former Prime Minister Kan's answer to a similar question by me was that it is a very significant proposition, from an academic perspective, as well as the perspective of animal welfare, to research the effect of radioactivity on animals. On March 5th at budget meeting, Vice Minister Yokomitsu said that it is wonderful offer. Let's consider funding the “Afflicted Animal Rescue Center” as a temporary farm animal shelter. Already private citizens manage shelters at 4 places on various scales, from 20 to 300 of cattle, sheep and goats. How about the government actively promoting such private places for animal care, as national bases for animal welfare?
A: The lives of the animals would be the same. However, the farming and farm animal would belong to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Q4: It is necessary to conduct research from the perspective of animal welfare. We have to show our hearts as Japanese people. How about arranging a meeting with local governments, scholars and breeders on how to protect the cattle in the off-limits area?
A: Farm animals are outside of our jurisdiction. Of course we want to support disaster-afflicted pets, but we have to cooperate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Q5: Yes, these are farm animals, and yet they have become wild animals. This is rare case of “half-wild, or semi-wild cattle”? Professor Sato, of Tohoku University, said that while it's important to analyze the normal behavior of farm animals, from an animal welfare perspective, it will be difficult to analyze the behavior of these animals when if they're gathered under such conditions. He pointed out that there is value in these animals, (similar cattle are found in Chillingham park, UK and Kuchinoshimaushi, in Tokara Island, Kagoshima, Japan.) He suggests the search for pasturage, and establishment of a Farm Animal Sanctuary, around the nuclear plant area. For example, Article 22 of the Nature Conservation Act says that the Minister for the Environment can designate a “wildlife conservation area”, which is necessary to preserve the natural environment through conditions in accordance with social and natural situations. How about designating a farm animal sanctuary as a wildlife sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection and Hunting Law, or a nature conservation area under the Act for the Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora?
A: The purpose of a nature conservation area and wildlife sanctuary is to protect the natural landscape and rare wild animals. It would be difficult at this point to designate wild farm animals as rare wild animals.
Q6: Mr. and Mrs.Unuma, who are the owners of “Fuku-chan”* have been working on a fresh start as vegetable farmers in Saitama prefecture. They don’t want to send an agreement for euthanasia. They said “We want to go to see the cattle. How can humans be so selfish. The cattle are surviving so we can too. We want to show Fuku that we can also thrive despite the hardship.” Saving the animal is not just for the animal's welfare. It also saves the owner, who has a strong relationship with the animal. If these relationships are discouraged, the results won't be a very compassionate restoration. How about working in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in close harmony with the hearts of the afflicted, and support a true restoration.
*Fuku-chan is a calf found near the Fukushima nuclear power plants in February 2012, by a worker from the power plant. Fuku-chan’s mother had already been killed by a traffic accident. Fuku-chan was sitting close to his mother and didn’t want to be away from her. Mr. and Mrs. Unuma, who are the owners of these cattle, were thankful that they were able to the rescue of Fuku-chan. Unuma farm is the closest farm to the nuclear power plant. Later on, the veterinarian found that Fuku-chan had a spinal injury. He passed away on March 16th, in the farm sanctuary in Namie, “Kibou no Bokujyou Namie Ranch”.
Fukuchan and Mrs.Unuma
A: Listening to the dialogue, certainly the field of study is different, but interesting ideas are being expressed. To face this experience, such as we have never before had, I want to know the opinions of animal welfare workers, concerning how we should respond to the situation of animals released from the cattle shed and abandoned. Originally, euthanasia was started basically to relieve the dying animal of pain. Currently, the veterinarian has to endeavor to capture wild cattle, and winds up killing some fine, healthy cattle. The veterinarians deplore killing animals they are supposed to save. Farmers who don't agree with this euthanasia, and who are tired of conflict with neighbors, have said “We don’t want to kill the cattle but we are exhausted. We want to be released from these cattle.”
The owner of M ranch said, with determination, “These cattle are a testimony of the nuclear power plant accident. They are the light of hope amid despair. With the pride of cattle ranchers, and especially for the people who had to leave the cattle, I will spend the rest of my life on this.” April 22nd, a year since the off-limits area was established, the situation has changed. The politicians and the administrators must indicate a third way, allowing the animals live by our hand, and have the compassionate will to correct a situation which brings happiness to no one, and to rectify this terrible choice between death by starvation or euthanasia. This question is at the heart of all Japanese.