years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
18 May 2011: According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) the Government of Japan has launched an operation to remove abandoned animals from inside the 20km evacuation zone in Fukushima Prefecture. Termed ‘Temporary Coming Home Project’, officials are allowing residents back into the evacuated zone and including animal rescue as part of the campaign. Since its start date on Tuesday May 10, teams removed at least 27 dogs and two cats from the danger zone. According to reports, officials in Fukushima have also allowed evacuees to bring pets out of the danger zone and continue to live with them in temporary housings that are being made available. Rescue teams are expected to evacuate between 100-200 companion animals this week.
May 12th, 16:00 - The Japanese Cabinet officially announced that the Director-General of Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters (the Prime Minister) ordered the Fukushima governor to euthanize all of the farm animals in the no-go zone and apologized to the farmers in this area. The Cabinet advised that this act would be carried out partly to protect the environment in terms of hygiene and they “expect” TEPCO (the Tokyo Electric Power Company) will compensate the farmers for their loss.
To all concerned for the animals of Japan,
The situation in Japan is still in such turmoil and for the animals it just keeps getting worse. The news does the situation no justice, they air stories of rescues and only the occasional true glimpse into the hell that the animals in the disaster area are going through.
In the 20km no-go zone around the nuclear reactors people were told they could not take their animals with them but they would only be gone a couple of days. It has been over a month, the animals were left inside houses, tethered in yards and in the case of livestock left in small pens with only a couple of days worth of food and water and no way to get more. Even with ARK and a couple of other groups going around the barricades to reach these animals, tens if not hundreds of thousands of animals have died a slow death of starvation and dehydration. This horrible scene is about to repeat.
With the threat of the evacuation zone being extended to 30km, at least one other town is scheduled to be evacuated within a month and the authorities have already told people they will not be able to take their pets with them. We can not allow them to force people to leave their animals behind again. We need the voices of everyone in the world concerned with animal welfare to speak up and let the Japanese government know that this is unacceptable. Please join us in pressuring the Japanese government to set aside housing for pets to stay with their people.
We have prepared a petition in English and Japanese, for people and organisations to sign and send to the three people listed below. If you could use your organisation's stamp or official letter paper to add to the authenticity, it would have more effect. Please add comments if you like too. Please post by express mail.
Mr. Ryu Matsumoto,
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8914
Mr. Yorihisa Matsuno,
The Democratic Party of Japan.
#240 House of Representatives
2-1-2 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8982
Mr. Kouriki Jojima
The Democratic Party of Japan.
2-27 Miyamoto-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 210-0004
We are also working on getting property closer to the disaster area to house animals and to use as a base of operation as our Osaka shelter is not only too far away but also quite full with the animals we have already taken in. We would like for this facility to become a place for all organisations around the world that would like to help in this effort to work together to rescue as many animals from this disaster as possible. If you would like to join in this group please let us know.
Thank you in advance for your support,
Elizabeth Oliver ARK
Animal Refuge Kansai - ARK
Web Site: http://arkbark.net