Fukushima Route 6, the last passing of checking point.

September 14, 2014
Fukushima Route 6, the last passing of checking point.

Certainly we have to pass Route 6 for our activity in 20km area of Nuclear Power Plant.
It was so hard to get permission each time for these 3 and a half years.
After September 15, general vehicles can go through without permission.

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The residents could come into Naraha and Tomioka during the day, and then the checking point is moved to Tomioka.
Since then, we came into the area from the Tomioka checking point.
Finally, from September 15 at 0:00, this checking point is gone.
People who had to make detours that take many hours have been waiting for a long time for this.

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Well then, how will this affect we who have been working to rescue cats?

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Activity in Okuma.
And then looking at the Nuclear Power Plant 1 from Route 6.

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Going to Futaba.

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Futaba is the hardest area for our activity.
But certainly there are cats there.

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I set the capture cage early.

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This place is close to Route 6.
Some cats reach this area from the opposite side of the road.
This feeding point is so important, many cats can survive.
For 3 and a half years I always wanted to clean up.
Finally I could do a bit of that.

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A male brown tabby finally came into the capture cage.
I saw this cat so many times, and set the capture cage, but always failed.
He has leukemia.
We’ll take care of him.

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This is the checking point from Futaba to Namie.
This is also opened.

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People at this checking point work so hard, and always bow their head to each passing car during hot days and rainy days.
Thank you for your work.

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Anyone can go to Namie now after the opening of the checking point of Route 6.
If anyone would like to try feeding / protection activity in Namie, please contact us.

Also the capture of cats in Tomioka is needed.
We need to sterilizate these cats.

I will go with you for the first time.
Then after that please go there once or twice in a month.
This is hard activity, to carry the food and pay the transportation fee.
It is also hard physically and mentally.
And yet, if you want to try, please contact us.
You can use the food which we get from our supporters.
But actually there is not so much left.

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By the way, Okuma and Futaba may face a more difficult situation.
We have heard that as general vehicles will be passing on Route 6, some barricades that had not been maintained will have to be closed, and someone will maintain them during the day.

There are still so many cats are left in Okuma and Futaba.
They don’t even though these tiny lives wander, suffering from hardship and starvation, they cannot raise a voice.
Sacrifice is not only human.
Can anyone think it incorrect to rescue lives that were abandoned by humans?
The weak are abandoned.
If this doesn’t change, I am afraid this could be the future of this area.

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Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

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We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
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