Target: Hiroyuki Nagahama, Minister of the Environment
Goal: Provide relief for animals trapped in Japan’s radiation zone
In 2011, a violent earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, crushing over 400 miles of the northeastern cost. The Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant was damaged in the process and consequently began to release substantial amounts of radioactive material. Today, it continues to emit invisible rays of radiation.
The government has correctly chosen to limit access to these areas to ensure safety. However, as a result of this, residents were not allowed to return to their homes to tend to their animals after being evacuated. This means there are still animals trapped in Japanese cities within a 20km radius of the power plant. An estimated 4,000 cows, 31,000 pigs, 630,000 chickens and 5,800 registered companion dogs have no where to go. They have no food and water because most are domesticated animals that rely on humans for survival.
Currently, there is a policy in place to rescue cats and dogs found outdoors, with instructions posted about where families can retrieve them. However, with each day that passes, the fate of these animals look grim. In light of this situation, we must urge the Japanese government to accept help from qualified non-profit organizations (NPOs), such as Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support (JEARS) and Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Response. By combining efforts, it is possible to rescue these animals. The organizations can also help establish a centralized no-kill shelter with decontamination protocols, a publicized animal hotline, a searchable Internet database for lost pets, and a foster-adoption network for unclaimed animals.
In this way, families can be reunited with their pets. Urge the Japanese government to consider investing in these protocols.
Dear Hiroyuki Nagahama, Minister of the Environment,
In light of Japan’s tragic tsunami and earthquake crisis, thousands of domesticated animals are trapped inside cities located only 20km from the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
These animals have nowhere to go and have limited resources; most are also domesticated animals that rely on humans for care and protection. So far, the government has commendably implemented a new policy to rescue exclusion-zone dogs and cats and provides families with instructions about where to retrieve lost pets.
However, because so many Japanese people are concerned about their pets, it may be beneficial to accept help from qualified non-profit organizations, such as Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support (JEARS) and Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Response. These organizations can help establish centralized no-kill shelters with decontamination protocols, a publicized animal hotline, a searchable Internet database for lost pets, and a foster-adoption network for unclaimed animals.
I urge you to consider these options so the government can increase its capacity to help these animals and reunite them with their families.
[Your Name Here]
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