The great earthquake of March 11th, combined with the following unprecedented scale of tsunamis caused the horrendous nuclear plants accident. Without knowing the magnitude of the damage, thinking they’d be able to return in just a couple of days, the vast majority of the residents evacuated without their family pets. But the situation was much worse than initially thought, and the residents were not allowed to return to their homes for a prolonged period of time. Then on April 22nd, the government ordered the area within 20 km from the Fukushima nuclear plants to be completely off limits, prohibiting all people, including the residents of the area, from entering. As the time has passed, many of the animals left chained or shut inside the homes died of starvation. Unfathomable scenes like remains of cats that show possible cannibalizing of each other have been found inside homes. Those who got away from the confinement are growing weak by the day from starvation.
Presently in Fukushima, in an official capacity, a small team of just a handful of staff from the prefectural government is working to rescue those animals, but only a few are captured at a time. Several thousands are estimated to remain in the area still.
Right now, under the national government’s order, the pet owners who want to get their beloved pets out, or volunteer animal rescue groups, are not allowed to go inside the zone and leave food and water for the animals, let alone rescue them..
The Japanese government is abandoning our partner animals within the 20 km of the Fukushima nuclear plants to die, leaving them as just “things”, with no economic value. Those dogs and cats are shut in the world of certain death after painful starvation as they cannot get out of the death zone on their own. Once a family pet, they die alone waiting for their owners, their families, to come and get them. They are dying as I write this letter, suffering horrible deaths.
We are therefore asking you to write in a petition on the care2 website to urge the Japanese government to allow the pet owners and animal rescue groups to enter the off limits Fukushima nuclear plants vicinity in order to rescue these family pets. Those dogs and cats are destined to die. The situation is extremely urgent. Please write in today to help them. The petition site's URL is as follows.