Monday, 23 May 2011

It is unacceptable to me that the government has still not prepared an emergency no-kill animal shelter for the animals affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation disaster.

From early on, several organizations worked hard to rescue the animals that remain in the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. These organizations came from afar to help rescue the animals. Volunteers made several long trips back and forth between the evacuation zone in Fukushima and their organizations’ headquarters.

If the government of Japan had immediately prepared an emergency shelter for the animals rescued from the 20km evacuation zone, most of the animals in the evacuation zone could have been rescued and saved by now with the help of all the animal rescue volunteers. And then the evacuation zone should have been made a no-entry zone. I wish the government had worked hard to save the animals that remain in the no-entry evacuation zone. Even though the animals in the evacuation zone were exposed to high levels of radiation, the government is still hesitant of getting the animals out of the evacuation zone.

Animal rescue is also taking place at the planned evacuation zone. However, due to the high number of animals in this area, rescuing these animals is an enormous task. Although this is obvious to everyone, the government of Japan has not yet prepared an emergency animal shelter for these animals. Therefore, volunteers have no choice but to go out and individually find temporary places for the rescued animals to stay. Today, this process is still repeated over and over again. Isn’t the government responsible for preparing an emergency shelter for these animals?





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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.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital:
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.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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