This is a report on one of many animal rescues carried out by an organization based in Saitama prefecture Animal Aid on June 13 from inside the nuclear no-go zone.
June 13, 2011
Just got back – a report on the rescue activity in Fukushima. Animals that are still alive inside the no-go zone are being neglected.
Thank you to the people who joined this activity, as well as to those helped us out. If we were not assisted, we wouldn’t have been out of the area without any problem.
Today I would like to say things bluntly.
The result of today’s rescue was 4 cats and 2 dogs.
There are still so many animals left inside the danger zone. There were 9 cats within the 1km area and I think they were once kept by people, except for two. It wasn’t easy to catch them and the trap meant nothing today.
One of the cats we rescued is a tri-colored cat with a collar. It’s an area where no one can get in because police would catch you, so when the cat saw us, she started to run after our car desperately as if to say ‘There are people! Help! Help!!!!’
The cat begged for more and more food and water even she was given plenty, and she slept deeply after probably feeling safe inside the car. He had no fat and was so boney. I returned home this morning from Fukushima, and will go to a vet clinic soon (so the cat gets a health check.)
It’s the same case for the other cat we rescued. He was left in the area where no one comes around anymore. He was standing by a warehouse where he was kept, and when we called him, he weakly ran towards us. He was more skinny than the tri-colored cat but was living. He will get some fluid soon.
The owner requested us to rescue her 5 cats as well and one or some of them gave birth to kittens. But the kittens were so weary of humans and we couldn’t rescue all but one.
As for the dogs, it was a rescue requested urgently by another organization. They are both in hospital now and I will report on them in detail later. But one of them was extremely weakened. (He died this morning.)
This time, another group who also went to rescue got caught by police and they had a terrible time. They headed to rescue dying dogs from Ookuma, but police stopped them and experienced a severe interrogation. I just don’t understand why those people who went to help starving dogs were caught and detained for a very long time!!!! Don’t treat us like criminals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Those dogs have owners, but the owners are not allowed inside the zone. I just can’t understand that this situation is regarded normal. They are breaking the animal law!!!!! (In Japan, it’s crime to ignore and abuse animals)
We will not going to give up rescuing animals from inside the no-go zone at all, but I would imagine it’ll be somewhat more difficult to enter the area than before.
People in Japan, please please raise your voices so dogs and cats trapped inside the no-go zone are not ignored to death or abandoned and that this issue won’t be forgotten among everyone.
We don’t have much time left.