April 22 in 2011 became a sad day no animal lovers can forget.
After the great earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, the nuclear power plant in Fukushima exploded, contaminating the surrounding area and forcing the residents to evacuate immediately.
When the people evacuated in a hurry, they were not allowed to take their pets in the officially provided buses. Of course, there was no way for the farmers to save cows, pigs, hens, ostriches etc. But the refugees first thought they would be able to go back soon.
Unfortunately, however, they were not.
On April 22, a sudden official announcement stated that the area within a 20km radius from the plant shall be completely blocked. At first, even the original residents were not able to get permission to enter there, needless to say, nor animal rescue volunteers.
Pets and livestock depend on people who feed them. While people were not able to enter the no-go zone, countless pets and livestock lost their lives in miserable situation. This tragedy is not past but still present.
On April 22 in 2012, the first anniversary of the area blockage, or the day “the national government gave up on animals,” we will hold the memorial services in Fukushima and Tokyo. We pray for the lost lives and pledge to keep on helping the animals that are still struggling to live. We also invite people in Japan and around the world to share a moment of silence at 2:46pm for the animals.
Dear friends from around the world, who respect animals’ lives, regardless of your race, nationality or religion, let’s share the action on April 22.
Please join us for a moment of silence and prayer.
I saw a piece on CNN about one abandoned town in the radiation zone and the animals who were left behind. Or rather, I saw the first 30 seconds and then I had to leave because it made me so sad.
Oh, koi! That reminds me. I'm going to get the horse trough that will be my outdoor pond tomorrow. Soon Koichiro and Saiyo will have at least 300 gallons to swim in. Dad pays, I pay him back with monthly payments. Best Buy bill $300, rent, $250. Payback, $50. All out of $685.
I just set the house alarm off again. >.> I gotta learn to stop opening the front door after I've set the alarm.
there are like 3ft+ long koi in the pond at my local pet/garden store, and the biggest prettiest one? there's a price tag out there for it, and its 200 bucks. they also have baby koi and goldfish in the front in little troughs, and they're much cheaper but holy cow. they get huge dont they.
craaaazy. if/when i do koi, they will be bought as babbies. also the full grown goldfish were like, pushing 100 bucks. they're really neat. i want to do a pond. i can't do one living in the middle of town though. guess its lil tanks for now!
im plotting and trying to figure out how to convince my mom to let me keep Reuban in a 2.5 or 3 gallon tank on one side of the 29 so i can have a sorority >o 3o<
edit: there are totes dojos at the pet store. they are cute >.<