Just created this letter (then it turned into a website) after talking to a couple of the Animal Search and Rescue teams in Japan. The situation is still critical. If you can, take a minute and send an email -- each email that goes out will help because if no one sent anything, nothing would change.
Check it here:
http://hachiko-coalition.org/post/49343 ... ithful-dog
On April 21st, 2011, the Japanese Government decided to prevent rescue of the animals inside the radioactive exclusion zone.
The Legend of Hachiko
Open Letter to the Japanese Government
Dear Japanese Policy Makers:
We are writing you regarding the triple catastrophe the Japanese people have recently suffered: the earthquake, the tsunami, and now the radiation.
As widely reported in the newspapers and television, the radioactive exclusion zone was sealed April 21st, 2011, preventing the ongoing evacuation of Japanese pets (companion animals) and livestock from the area within the exclusion zone. The official announcement from CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY EDANO is here:
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/inciden ... _1100.html
The Legend of Hachiko
Let us not forget the story of the most famous Japanese dog: Hachiko — “the faithful dog.”
Hachiko (November 10, 1923–March 8, 1935), known in Japanese as “faithful dog Hachiko” was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Odate, Akita Prefecture, remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, even many years after his owner’s death.
Hachiko was given away after his master’s death, but he routinely escaped, returning again and again to his old home. Eventually, Hachiko apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachiko waited for the return of his owner.
The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachiko attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachiko and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachiko treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
Just as the Shibuya people did years ago for Hachiko, we too must also bring nourishment and safety to the animals abandoned inside the exclusion zone.
WHAT WE ASK OF YOU
[*]Remember the story of Hachiko the most faithful Japanese dog!
[*]Let the legend of Hachiko teach us about loyalty and guide our future actions!
[*]Be faithful to the loyal decedents of Hachiko, and to the abandoned Fukushima animals.
Please immediately reconsider your decision to seal the pets (companion animals) and livestock inside the exclusion zone.
Allow the continuation of ongoing work conducted by private Animal Search And Rescue (A-SAR) teams to bring these animals safely out of the exclusion zone. Work with groups like The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) — who are bringing together representatives to find a solution from: Japanese Ministry of Environment, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): APHIS Animal Care and Wildlife Services, United States Army Veterinary Corps, veterinary and toxicology experts, academics, and IFAW .
Show the WORLD that despite all the catastrophe and chaos of this triple event, the Japanese spirit still stands for humanity, and the reduction of suffering — be it animal or human:
[*]Set the standard against which other cultures are measured during future catastrophic events.
[*]Use your vast pools of academic knowledge and technical know-how to solve this problem.
[*]Rescind your decision to seal these animals inside the zone and resurrect them from this fate.