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Protecting the pets in the off-limits area; who does it? This is a tug of war between animal protection groups and local authorities. (from Asahi News Paer, November 15, 2912)

November 17th, 2012

Protecting the pets in the off-limits area; who does it? This is a tug of war between animal protection groups and local authorities. (from Asahi News Paer, November 15, 2912)
http://www.asahi.com/national/intro/TKY201211150958.html


Namie-machi, Fukushima, is strengthening regulation of animal protection groups. They said that an animal protection group borrowed the name of business operator in order to break into the off-limits area to. This was to protect pets abandoned due to the nuclear power plant accident by Tokyo Electric Power Company. The government and the local authorities say that this should be left up to them. However, the animal protection group is appealing for acceptance of private activity to protect the life of animals.

“............(omission)........................”

A source concerned about the animal protection group said the authorities know that residents are requesting that we rescue their pets. The protection activity by authorities is not enough. We want them to make regulations which permit private parties to do rescue activity. But there is resistance. Namie-machi said that they have complaints from the residents in over 10 cases. When the residents made temporary home visits, they found that someone had left pet food in their house. Animals had come into the house and caused damage.

Namie-machi explained that members of an animal protection group borrowed a temporary entrance permit from a business operator, and went into the off-limits area. Because of that, Namie-machi started to make permission requirements severe. Until now, they granted permits without inquiry if there were no contradictions in the application foam. Now they check the reason of activity, requiring more details from the business operator. People other than local residents can’t go in with the business operator or residents. Tomioka-machi is also getting complaints. They are now examining measures. The Ministry of Environment and Fukushima prefecture have been protecting pets in the off-limits area. From April 2011 to October 2012, they captured 895 dogs and cats. Also the Ministry of Environment permitted activity in the off-limits area for 16 private animal protecting groups for one month in last December. The person in charge of this for Fukushima prefecture said that "The remaining animals are pitiable, and our desire to help them is the same. We want people to leave this problem to the authorities. However some residents raise serious voices to those authorities. One woman (28) who evacuated from the off-limits area got help from an animal protection group. They found and saved her pets, a dog and 3 cats. She had asked the authorities, but she didn't know when they might get around to doing anything. “We can’t save the animals if we wait on the disposition of the of authorities. This is crazy, that a private citizen has to take risks to save the animals.” (Hiroko Saito)

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