Mr. Takamura, one of the members of the House of the Representative, has been working on the realization of the so-called ‘Sanctuary Farm’ ever since the idea came out. (yes it’s been nearly a month since he and other politicians proposed to the Kan prime minister not to kill the farm animals but to let them live!).
Althought it’s regretting how slow things proceed in Japan, there are indeed people still working very hard. It looks like an official response by the government to the request Mr. Takamura and his colleagues proposed to create a sanctuary farm will be announced within coming 2 weeks.
In the meantime, I notice the issues of pets and farm animals left behind inside the nuclear no-go zone have Not been taken up as much as before by the media lately, but as always volunteers and NPOs are busy taking care of rescued animals, locating their owners or looking for new owners and rescuing more animals.
Some people may be wondering what’s happening to the pets and farm animals still left alone inside the 20km nuclear no-go zone in Fukushima while the government is busy working on whatever. Although it’s officially illegal to go inside the zone after April 23, there are farmers who were granted permits by the local government to feed their animals. There are indeed NPOs and individuals who sneak inside the zone to rescue dogs and cats. I myself found 3 groups of volunteers posting stories and photos of rescued dogs and cats on their blogs.
At any rate, I would like to post below a translated daily ‘article’ by Mr. Takamura, the good politician from his website. On June 6, he entered the 20km no-go zone in Minami Soma-city to investigate the situation first-hand with some officials.
In the morning, I particiated in the meeting with city officials. The mayor said ‘We strongly request to speed-up the pace of temporary return by the evacuees to their homes inside the 20km zone. There are residents who are saddened by the death of their pets. We really have to get insde the zone soon’. Animal lives do not wait. The mayor knows it well. I promised him that I would see him in Tokyo, and we entered the no-go zone.
On the way, I visited one of the barns I used to pass by but never really went in. There were many fine-looking pigs. Inside the milk cow barn, there was a terrible scene. Although I anticipated, it was like a nightmare where stinging smell, pigs noises and crows were everywhere…
People I was with said, when they saw this inside the barn their spines froze. I have seen this many times before and felt it with my five senses. Every time when I see lively pigs and bones scattered around them, I feel guilty as a human, to have created such situation. Moreover, temperature will rise more and more and the hygine will worsen. I just can’t stand the thought when I imagine farmers who would be terribly shocked to see this. I feel bad that this condition will not give them a sense for reconstructing but it would rather give a sense for giving-up and anger.
As for the cows that were set free by the farmers, they have been feeding themselves with grass. However, once they lost their weight, apparently they can’t gain back their weight. But they were all living. Fortunately, there are plenty of feed and I assume they’ve been drinking water from the stream. There waw a lot of grass around. As long as they go over this without giving up, they will be living in a ‘Farm of Hope(this is probably the name of the sanctuary that is to be developed)’. After visiting Minami-soma City, we went on to Taruba-cho via Namie-cho, Futaba-cho, Ookuma-cho and Tomioka-cho.At the ‘Shiba inu street’ in Ookuma-cho
We at least saw 15 Shiba Inu in Ookuma-cho. This is the street where city officials are feeding dogs. They were all doing fine and came close to us.
According to the owner of the ostrich farm, a few of ostrich were dead while 14 were doing fine running around. They have to be transported to where enough feed is available, alive.
There were five dogs roaming together. Two of them were injured from traps that were meant for wild animals, but they were helping each other or something, they didn’t seem to be weary of us and came close to us.
Apparently, this area is just outside the 20km no-go zone. Mr. Sakamoto was given a special permit by the town official. ‘In the last 2 months, the whole town voluntarily evacuated from here and I was shut out of information and goods/food. Many animal lives perished during the time and although I now receive goods from one NPO, gas appears to run out soon. I don’t mind if I can’t take a bath, but it’ll be very tough if I can’t prepare food for the animals.