Thanks to all the hard work of people who understand the preciousness of all animal lives. They are politicians, NPOs and individuals of both Japanese and foreign.
As of this moment, the Japanese government decided to let the pigs out of the no-entry area which is within 20km distance from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The initial decision by the Japanese government on the lives of farm animals was to euthanize all of them.
Although it hasn’t said of where these pigs will be taken to, they will not be culled or used for any animal experiment; their lives will be saved!!
What does this mean then? Is the ‘farm sanctuary’ plan going to take place?
How about other farm animals such as cows, goats, chickens and others?
What about dogs and cats?
The latest development regarding pets (dogs and cats) is that a group consisted of 26 vets and 6 experts(radiation experts maybe?) will be entering the area on 22nd Sunday to start rescuing them. Until then, city, town and village officials are, according to Mr. Tamaki a member of the House of Representative who has been working hard on saving animals after the Tsunami, feeding dogs and cats that they see on the streets.
Apparently, the ‘piggy news’ just came out in the late afternoon on Friday so I can’t find much detailed information on this, but there will be lots of updates this weekend hopefully. 🙂
FYI, there was a meeting at the US Embassy in Tokyo today where Japanese politicians met with American experts on the ‘effects of nuclear radiation on creatures’.
I see lots of positive tweets and talks by some politicians and vets who have been working hard on saving them… Will a farm sanctuary be realized….?
UPDATE: these pigs will be relocated to a farm ran by Animal Resource Science Center, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo. No animal experiment, but they will be observing the effects of radiation of those pigs. Their website in English is available at http://park.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/bokujo/ENG/eigo.html