Town News on January 27th, 2012
Akiko Yui was interviewed by Town News.
Akiko Yui, (56 years old), representing TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, has been protecting homeless cats and dogs, and finding host families for them.
Animal and human, the value of life is the same
After the disaster on March 11th, 2011, she focused on the rescue of animals which were abandoned in the off-limits area near the Fukushima nuclear plants. “The life of animals is the same as humans. It must not to treated lightly.” Turning this passion into action, she entered into the off-limits area with her fellows. She took in 300 rescued dogs and cats. “I wish everybody to know that still so many animals are left.”
Now many owners can’t live with their pets because of temporary house’s regulations. It may not be possible until they get their old lifestyles back. “The pet is one of the family. It is so painful to think of the owner’s feelings after having to abandon their pets.” After cleaning and decontamination of the pets, such as is possible, host families will be found for the rescued dogs and cats. “I want to find host families who have much love and responsibility.”
When she was 35 years old, she visited Yumemigasaki Animal Park, where she saw many homeless cats. “I wanted to reduce the number of unfortunate cats, who die of hunger, or are killed by people.” So she began activities to protect and sterilize homeless cats, recruiting volunteers and soliciting donations. “Personal activity is limited, especially due to our financial situation.” Then 3 years ago, she established the TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Now the activity of this animal hospital has expanded. “My purpose is zero culling. I want to save as many unfortunate lives as possible.”
”There are so many pets awaiting rescue, including in the crisis-afflicted area. But this shelter is not enough. It is of utmost importance for us to find a new shelter.” She will continue her activity to realize a society in which animals can enjoy safe and fulfilling lives.