Let’s learn from the disaster.
Nobody wishes it, but if you are involved with a severe accident, or die, what will become of your pet? Fill in the card with contact information of trusted friends or family, keep it in your purse. In an emergency situation, someone will contact them. Then your pet can be saved. In the Tohoku disaster, many pets died of starvation. It's a terrible way to go. This is in hopes that no more pets will die of hunger, with no one’s attention.
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Saitama prefecture establishes a volunteer registration system for animal rescue in times of disaster.
From Saitama Newspaper (in Japanese) March 6th, 2013
2 years has passed since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami devastated the Pacific coast of north-eastern Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011. Reacting to that crisis, Saitama prefecture established a volunteer registration system for animal rescue in times of disaster. This is to cooperate with efforts to take care of pets at temporary refuge centers. Volunteers will not need any special license such as those for animal handlers, but must love animals and have a passion for the work.
In off-limits areas in Fukushima many owners had to abandon their pets. Those who weren't rescued went feral. Saitama Super Arena was also a temporary refuge for people, but it was not possible to keep the pets. Many people left pets in the parking area or in the car.
This was the motivation for the creation of a volunteer system for the emergency care of pets, such as to minimize such trauma and problems.
Activities are to include; 1. Taking care of pets in refuge (supply food, water and exercise, such as taking walks) 2. Provision of clean, hygienic conditions 3. Temporary protection of pets in cases of the owners' inability to do so. 4. Advice to pet owners 5. Transport of necessary materials, such as food or medicines.
Chiba prefecture founded this kind of system in 2010. Now 142 volunteers are registered. The Sanitary Affairs Division in Chiba said that there are some areas that had damage from Tohoku earthquake. There were some people who couldn’t take care of their pets for a while. Afflicted pet owners were relieved that volunteers took care of their pets.
NPO Animal Support Mate (Urawa, Saitama), delegate Sizue Noda said that pets in refuge also suffer considerable stress. It is necessary to clarify the responsibilities and authority of volunteers. Required conditions include at least 20 years of age and no allergy to animal fur.
Reference: Saitama, Sanitary Affairs Division TEL 048 830 3612
Shiseido to abolish testing of cosmetics on animals MAR 2, 2013
The Japan Times
Shiseido Co., the nation’s largest maker of cosmetics, will abolish animal testing for products to be developed from April at both domestic and overseas laboratories, as alternative methods have been established.
In a news release, the company said the decision was made at meeting of its directors Thursday.
The ban will not be applicable if Shiseido has to account for the safety of products already on the market and animal testing is the only option for proving they do not pose any danger.
Shiseido said the safety of its products can be ensured through the use of databases, in vitro tests, and final stage trials on human subjects.
The Tokyo-based firm said it did away with animal testing at its in-house laboratories in March 2011, following a European Union directive on cosmetics banning the practice.
Shiseido said it held five rounds of meetings with academics, animal welfare advocates and other stakeholders between June 2010 and this January to examine the matter in depth.
Shiseido's Policy towards Abolishing Animal Testing for Cosmetics
It’s been 2 years since that disaster.
Feeding activity in March in Fukushima.
The town which was called "off-limits area" is now called "preparing for lifting the evacuation order area", or "limitations of residence area" or….it is really difficult to remember. The boundary is closed by barricades and check points.
I have been continuing the feeding activity as I must.
I always had anxiety about whether or not I can continue this in the future.
But each time, I got over it, trying not to think too much.
Still now, I feel fear, and tremble to think about the abandoned animals in places we can’t go.
At each point, I always feel this may be the last time, that I might not be able to come back.
I feel so helpless.
But still the cats are there.
I pray with other volunteers for their survival, and leave food in the field.
We set the 10 capture cages and tried to protect them as much as we can.
But we didn’t have enough time.
We captured only one raccoon dog.
Most of raccoon dogs I saw have terrible scabies.
The suffering must be terrible.
Why can’t humans be so gentle.
I couldn’t save any cats.
But, praying that they will have survived, I left the food, which is all from your support.
Thanks to volunteers who came with me without a moment of rest, distributing food 'till last grain.
There are still so many lives there.
There will be so many lives born.
I will never give up.
I will think and think and act.
Thank you for your support.
Every year, patience is stretched for local TNR.
Wild cats in Kawasaki.
I saw an unknown male cat around the feeding point.
The estrus season has come.
I am in a rush to do TNR.
This cat was born last autumn.
The result of exam was leukemia.
After considering this, I decided to protect it.
Please consider receiving cats which don’t know humans.
There is a food box in the barn of an owner who has requested assistance in the "difficult to return area".
I want to capture their cat, but there's no time to set the capture cage.
I hope this cat can survive with this food.
Half of it is gone.
What is that?
A raccoon dog (tanuki) with terrible scabies. I see so many raccoon dogs but most of them have awful scabies.
Many of them are dying.
If suffering life is there, I want to help.
It doesn’t matter what kind of animal.
This raccoon dog may be blind.
The radioactivity is high in this place.
I saw a white cat and set the capture cage.
Are you brothers??
I am glad to capture them together.
I arrived at TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital that night.
They look about 5 months old.
They are skinny but look fine.
The food box kept you alive.
When the food was gone, you had some difficult times.
I admire you for making it through the severe winter.
I have heard that one white cat was captured close to where 2 white cats were.
Maybe this is their mother.
Let’s find your happiness.
I wish to live together.
It is the same life.
I want to give them food.
I want to give them some small happiness.
Time goes very fast, it is already March.
Then again…I desperately repeat the same process.
This food is from your support.
Thank you so much!!!
I loaded so much water at Naraha point.
I left so much water in the empty vessel.
“Can I have a water?”
Is it wild boar?
It looks like a child, adorable.
Are you alone? Where is your family???
I hope she/he can survive.
Naraha point has been developing.
There are cats which we absolutely have to protect.
There are places where we won’t be able to go.
But hungry cats don’t understand why we can’t come back.
They will always be waiting.
I can’t leave them.
I can’t abandon them.
I have to protect them.
But I can’t capture all.
At Naraha point.
This is the prefabricated storage.
The first plan was to connect this storage and the other one to make a bigger storage space.
But one has now become a mini-shelter to keep the cats which we couldn’t leave.
The purpose is saving life. So the plan will be changed sometimes, depending on the situation.
These cats are not tamed, or have difficulty using the toilet, or have diseases….this makes it difficult to find foster parents.
It will be stressful to live in the cage.
So put up some fencing, and make a better place, where they can run around, or they can look outside.
It was hard building in the strong wind but somehow it’s almost finished.
We will make some kind of play ground.
The decontaminated landscape.
Thank you so much for your help.
Fully loaded with food for Fukushima.
Thank you so much for your support for our emergency request.
The food was fully loaded into 2 cars.
I could leave enough food for each food box.
I always appreciate your great support.
Thank you so miuch.
Fukushima feeding activity.
It was a warm day.
I had a partner for the feeding.
We go rapidly from point to point.
I'm not sure when I will be able to come back.
I leave as much food as I can.
It’s getting warm.
The hungry cats can move easier.
I saw many cats looking for food.
This dead grass was once a rice field.
I left food with silvervine in the earthenware pipe.
Do you see a tortoiseshell cat?
Her belly is big…..
I want to sterilize her but she doesn’t go into the capture cage.
It will take a time……
Suddenly it became warm.
The melted snow runoff from the roof came down.
This is a blessing of nature.
At my feet….
Spring is close.
But how can we feel joy for the Spring in Fukushima.
Poor tortoiseshell cat.
She has to give birth under such hard circumstances.
In February, I visited Fukushima 5 times.
My body is in so much pain.
The situation for the animals in Fukushima has not been solved. There are still so many things we have do, and just the feeding activity is never enough.
Less and less volunteers are doing this activity.
Where sterilization can’t be done, tragedy ensues.
The off-limits designation has been lifted from Naraha-machi. Many captured cats are pregnant, even in February.
It is cruel, but we have to do the operation right away after the health check.
I am so sorry. But the situation is too severe.
There are cuts on both front and hind legs.
Maybe from a steel trap.
It looks like this injury is from a long time ago, but still bleeding.
Walking is necessary, but aggravates the wounds.
It looks to be still a child, but must walk in search of food.
The hind leg was cut and became too short.
The body leans to one side, but it walked so hard to find food.
He/she was waiting for the food which our volunteer brought.
We treat as many as we can at TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
Black brothers are together.
They are still afraid of humans, but we will take the time to tame them.
I want to find a family for them.
This is in the off-limits area.
There is a large outbreak of rats.
Maybe because of less cats.
The rattrap stuck to my car tire.
There are so many dangers for animals everywhere.
I only hope their lives include some small peace and calm.
Should life be protected or squandered?
In February in the disaster area, there were so many emergency protections.
Naraha point is like this now.
The cats that finished the vaccine and sterilization, and the cats which will undergo sterilization in Kawasaki.
The cats were protected urgently because they can’t live there anymore.
So we can’t let them go back where they were.
I want to find their new families, but taming looks difficult.
Some of them are FIV positive.
Some FIV positive cats are friendly.
Is there anyone who can take care of them??