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Sad Livestock in the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant No-Entry Zone- another victims of the disaster January 13, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized,vegan — mcavalier @ 10:10 am

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”- it is a MahatmaGandhi’s quote.   If Gandhi saw how the livestock in Fukushima have been treated, he would judge us as a heartless nation.

On May 12, 2011, Prime Minister Kan (Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters) ordered the Fukushima Governor to euthanize the remaining livestock in the 20km no-entry zone. Since livestock are someone’s property, Fukushima prefecture has to obtain permission from the owners of the livestock when euthanizing. The decision was made based on the Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency. The method of euthanazia should comply with the ones set forth in the guidelines of OIE (The World Organization for Animal Health) and American Veterinary Medical Association (The AVMA). Based on that, the Japanese government uses drugs like tranquilizers and muscle-relaxants to euthanize the animals. There is no humane way of killing, animals always faint in agony before given any of these drugs that definitely put them to death.

The officials of Fukushima government stated that “these livestock does not have any market value. By destroying them, livestock farmers can start a new life.”  Animals are property of people. Livestock does not have any value other than as “products.”

According to Yomiuri Newspaper, issued on April 24 2011, there were 4,000 cattle, 30,000 pigs, 630,000 chickens and 100 horses in the 9 effected villages in Fukushima. Most of the pigs and chickens had died by last summer.

Yomiuri newspaper reports that 80% of cattle in the affected areas still remain trapped in the 20 km no-entry zone, as of October 20, 2011. Some of them were abandoned and left to their own devices, while others left locked enclosures to suffer slow death. Those that have been abandoned are being described by Yomiuri, as “invading people’s property.”

These animals are also the victims of human’s arrogance and neglect. They are dying through no fault of their own and in a very sad irony the enslaved creatures who through this terrible event gained their freedom for brief time, are slaughtered in the end, none the less.  They are guilty of nothing other than being non-human.




Yomiuri Newspaper “野良牛 捕獲1割未満 警戒区域の民家被害” Nov.10, 2011:

SALA Network is an animal shelter located in Tokyo. The volunteers go up to Fukushima to feed stray livestock and abondaned dogs and cats. They have pictures and are collecting petitions.

5 Responses to “Sad Livestock in the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant No-Entry Zone- another victims of the disaster”

  1. Maho Says:

    Hi Vegan friends, I am very sorry that I have not contributed writing here for a long time! I wanted to write about livestock in Fukushima. It is a sad case for animals and people, but I feel more helpless about animals.

  2. Wendy Says:

    Kinship Circle is also working in Japan – I’m not sure exactly how they’re able to help “livestock” at this point, but they have been working hard there.

    It’s just sad that animals are treated so terribly. I wonder if the euthanasia, if done quickly, isn’t better for them, though, rather than slaughter? Ugh, how terrible to even consider which kind of murder is preferable.

  3. Maho Cavalier Says:

    Wendy, thank you for the comment. I know it is very sad. At this point, I think most of the livestock is dead. The plan of putting them to sleep was considered in May 2011 and the prime minister ordered the Fukushima prefecture to announce the decision of euthanizing livestock in the same month. But I know that nothing really has been done. Last summer was very very hot in Japan and the livestock was mostly starve to death or die of thirst. I think that is the worst way of dying. There are volunteer groups such as “Kinship Circle” or even RSPCA or WSPA were there, but the government was the one that rejected help from volunteers and NPOs etc. I think it is because they want to keep things as confidential as possible. The Fukushima Nuclear power plant accident has a lot of mystery… and they are not yet to be revealed.

    My heart aches when I think of the animals there.

    If you would like to send your voice, please do so through SALA Network. I translate your comments and the NPO will send them to the government when they reached to 1.000!

    It is hard to find where to send your comment, but please scroll down then I think you can find it. If you can’t, please leave a comment here and I will help you!

    Thanks so much.

  4. laura Says:

    thats just really sad 😦

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