Fukushima’s Abandoned Dogs

Fukushima’s Abandoned Dogs

By Mary Hamer, M.D

27 April, 2011
Countercurrents.org

*PURPOSE: The purpose of this essay is to expose Fukushima ‘s abandoned animals, including dogs — in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear accident of March 2011.

*KEY SECTIONS: The key Sections of this paper are: I. Abandoned Animals: The Evidence from Fukushima , Katrina & Home Foreclosures. II. Human Cruelty & Animal Suffering. III. Recommendations & Comments.

I. ABANDONED ANIMALS:

*FAILURE of The JAPANESE GOVERNMENT to PROVIDE for ANIMAL EVACUATIONS after the FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR ACCIDENT:

*After the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident: “The Japanese government made no provisions for saving animals left behind when their owners were forced to evacuate”. Gallaon-Aoki, an animal rescuer states: “It was unforgivable that the (Japanese) government would allow animals to be left to slowly die of starvation or radiation exposure”. (1)

* FUKUSHIMA ‘S ABANDONED ANIMALS: EXAMPLES:

*STARVING, COLD & DESPERATE ANIMALS & PET RESCUERS:

”Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Animal Garden Niigata (said) ‘The animals are dying by the day.’ ‘It’s cold here, they have no food. Dogs in Japan can be tied up … & the dogs who are tied (up) have no chance of foraging for food or (water) so I’m sure they’re in a pretty desperate condition.’” (2) Gallaon-Aoki states: “I understand the nuclear danger … but (the abandoned animals) are just being left to starve to death”. (3)

*CHAINED DOGS DIE of STARVATION: An animal rescuer describes chained dogs abandoned after the Fukushima nuclear accident: “We found dogs that died of starvation, their owners most likely having fled without unchaining them, leaving them unable to move” & without food or water. (4)

*SO MANY ABANDONED DOGS: After animal volunteers had run out of cages at the end of a day of rescue they “Were forced to leave several pleading dogs behind”. The rescuers stated: “How lonesome it must feel for those dogs to once again watch as people turn their backs & leave them behind”. (5)

*PACK of SHELTIES: “Rescuers have been risking their lives in the nuclear swamp around tsunami-hit Japan ‘s stricken power plant – To save abandoned dogs. … Teams of animal-lovers moved by the sight of stray dogs struggling to survive have ignored health warnings to scour the deserted wasteland for signs of canine life”. For example, a group of animal rescuers went to the town of Minami Soma to rescue a group of wandering sheltie dogs. However, one of the animal volunteers “Regrets that some of the dogs in the pack ran away & countless others are still stranded in the evacuation zone”. (6)

*WHIMPERING, TETHERED BEAGLE: A CNN report shows “A Whimpering beagle, ribs showing through it’s fur, tethered to a post inside the ( Fukushima ) no-go zone”. A follow-up comment states: “The fate of the tethered beagle … captured on video was not known” as of 4/14/11 . (7)

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