☆Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue.
Report concerning the ambiguous policies and obscure distribution process of donation funds.
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, protected over 700 animals stuck in the area afflicted by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
We returned over 80 dogs and cats to their owners, and found new families for over 400.
Still now we are keeping over 160.
While doing non-sponsored volunteer rescue trips to Fukushima, we learned that the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue had secretly made contributions to three other groups. There had been no call for public participation in the funding distribution process, and the aid was worth over 10,000,000 yen.
Information about the granting of those funds had not been offered on the websites of either the funding group or the three recipient organizations.
Inuneko Kyusainowa suggested to them, both in writing and face to face, that they should report on it, as it involves public funding via government grants.
We asked them again and again.
Finally they announced that they donated both cash and food credits.
There are many other volunteers and associations continuing the activity in Fukushima, even though funding is tight.
Some volunteers had to give up because of the lack of funds.
If Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue invited fair public participation, everyone could have applied for the support, facilitating rescue of more animals.
The opportunity to get that support was not presented in a fair and open manner.
This is the first problem.
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue has a responsibility to publicise information regarding the distribution of funding. This money is from government funding, and thus doesn’t actually belong to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue.
They ignored that, keeping it hushed until we found out about it.
This is the second problem.
Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a letter questioning this.
The organization answered in their letter that they didn’t pay cash.
We kept asking about it, and finally they announced the funding amounts, and names of recipients, on their website.
They lied in their official letter.
This is the third problem.
By the way, there were also rumors about inappropriate use of disaster relief funding by Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue 8 years ago.
Also they granted funds totalling 6,000,000 Yen, from disaster relief donations, for the killing of brucellosis dogs in Osaka, in 2007.
This can’t be qualified as a worthy disaster relief effort.
I can’t forget the slaughter of 121 dogs.
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue said infectious disease is also a kind of disaster.
However, it doesn’t meet specifications of the government’s Disaster Countermeasures Basic Act.
They just saying it was disaster.
It was actually a problem created by an individual breeder.
They have been criticized for their investment of 30 million yen from the disaster donation of Hanshin Awaji disaster.
They answered our questions about that by stating that they won’t invest assets from now on, but at least asset investments after the Hanshin Awaji disaster turned out to be profitable.
It sounds like they are trying to excuse and validate their actions.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake, many nations donated money to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue to rescue afflicted animals.
We can’t forget the horrible situation of abandoned dogs and cats, especially in the area within 20km of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
These animals wander in search of their owners and await rescue amid severe cold, hot, rain, wind, snow…
We won’t be able to forget their misery.
The nation’s people, who donated, had in us some hope for rescue and relief.
However Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue declared,regarding the Great East Japan Earthquake, that the target for relief would only be pets that are with their afflicted owners.
They have never offered their help to the animals that were left or separated from owners.
The private groups that independently continued rescue activity were neglected by Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue.
Their hardship is beyond description.
And then Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue declared the end of the relief project for Fukushima, with two hundred million yen remained in their coffers.
After that, Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue spent 30 million yen for nail clippers and trimming, for pets that were living with owners in temporary housing.
Why were the donations used for cosmetic options for pets that were already living with owners?
I think Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue has, since they started, had basic defects in priorities for relief targeting, and policies regarding use of donations,.
Inuneko Kgyusainowa raises a loud voice about the investigation into expenditures in hopes of encouraging you to think about whether or not the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue functions with appropriate concern for animal welfare.
It may rather become a promoter of adverse effects.
In the future, when disaster happens anywhere, Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue will set up their organization in the afflicted area to gather and distribute donations.
Most of the local governments accept this.
But is that really the right way to do it?
Finally, I want to mention Inuneko Kyusainowa.
I thought we are all working together.
The afflicted area was a hell that nobody wants to see.
All of us jumped in there to rescue animals, even without enough protective clothing.
We shared capture cages and food.
3 associations which received money from Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue have their own qualities.
But didn’t they think about other volunteers?
Didn’t they think anything about receiving such enormous funding in secrecy?
Why didn’t they even say thanks to the nation’s people?
These 3 associations received totally 62,156,000 yen cash and credits to buy food.
But still they are asking for donations on their web site.
They know other volunteers and associations are having trouble getting food and meeting medical expenses even now.
This is unbearable.
Other associations and activists are demanding that these 3 association return the money.
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, agree.
And then we want Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue to announce a public participation process, to give a fair chance to people who have been helping animals in the afflicted area.
However, if this is realized, we won’t apply for it.
We hope this money goes to the associations and individual volunteers who are in great need, and we hope they can continue their animal rescue activity.
I pray that souls of many animals that were lost in the East Japan Earthquake may rest in peace.
Please do not forget, and understand there are still people continuing the rescue activity in afflicted areas, and there are people who bet their lives on it.
Please send your severe criticisms to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Ministry of the Environment.
Thank you so much for reading such a long message.
Please support our activity to rescue dogs and cats in Fukushima.
January 23, 2016