Off-limits area in Fukushima.
The small street has never ben cleaned up. An elder couple worried about their cats, and asks me to search. I go to the off-limits area at least once a month to leave food.
Tiles and glass are scattered in the garden. The food container is empty. I wonder when it ran out. Not even a drop of water.
It’s really hot, and no water. I left the water container at a place where I saw a cat. People on the internet criticize, saying it's just scattered, or done with bad manners. But it is so hard to go into the off-limits area. It is so difficult to make a better situation. We always try to improve our actions, but such negative information gets around before we get the permission to go in. Finally when we came into the area, it was too late No food or water were left there. The cats who finally found this place and barely managed to survive had gone. With their last thread of hope cut, how much pain and suffering did they have in the end. So much sorrow for the cats, sadness beyond words. What are the rights of animals? What is animal welfare? The situation in the off-limits area is changing. Sometimes the world fails to make sense in activities of animal welfare. I think and think about how best to connect with these lives on the edge of oblivion.
I leave the water by my own decision.
The food boxes are empty everywhere. I don’t see any cats during the day in such hot weather. I wonder if they survive or not. I leave the food, place by place, with thanks for the donations of sustenance.
A new footprint made me happy.
But on the other hand, there was a life whose strength gave out.
There seasons flowers abound, bringing comfort to the soul.
You can channel your love by bringing food and water to the afflicted area. The 'off-limits' designation will be lifted in Naraha-cho. You can bring a little food and a little water, no hurry, going at your own pace. You can save precious lives.
ANIMAL NETWORK JAPAN
This network was launched on May 3rd 2011. It aims to aid exchange of information between private organizations that hope to improve animal welfare across the country, and also intend to work together toward solutions to many problems they have in common.
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