An Engine Leading to Alternative Possibilities

We at the Society for Animal Refugee & Environment post Nuclear Disaster are putting an engine together, leading to alternative possibilities for the 10 farms and approximately 200 cattle kept in evacuation zone of the Fukushima.

Namie town, Omaru-collaboration Farm (11km north west from Fukushima Daiich Nuclear Plant)
20μSv/h dose rate at December 2013.

March 11,2011 - The Great East Japan Earthquake

The earthquake and tsunami that occurred on that day did not have much damage to the livestock itself. However the resulting nuclear accident has left so large and too dark clouds over the east Japan's food and agriculture.

Since the earthquake, most of Japan's nuclear power plants have been shut down, yet there is no sign of a large-scale blackout. What was the purpose of nuclear power except for bringing severe misfortune to Japan's people and industry, in particular our food and agriculture?


The Animals Left Behind within 20km zone of Fukushima Daiichi

Pigs wandering around in the evacuation zone (December, 2011)
The first summer since the disaster.
There was a sound of a barking dog who was looking for his/her ownrer.
There were Holstein cow and the Wagyu, Japanese cow. Getting together and seeking their feed.

The radioactive fallout released from this nuclear accident have polluted Fukushima's pastures and rice fields, and even now animals remain contaminated within the evacuation zone.

Once the disaster had struck and emergency evacuations made, what happened to the livestock that had been left behind? On the day that they were finally able to go and see how the animals were doing for themselves, farmers were shocked to see the hell, i.e., the state of the livestock’s disaster-stricken homes.

The farmers’ thoughts and the feelings for the surviving cattle...

Farmers are paying for the feed out of their own savings and continue driving the 1–2 hour one-way trip to places with high radiation.

What can we do for them?


Reconstructing a Plentiful Society Where People and Animals Can Oeacefully Coexist

For the Japanese people, cattle have historically been their partners in cultivating their farms together, rather than mere sources of meat and milk like they are for Westerners.

The Society for Animal Refugee & Environment post Nuclear Disaster was founded in order to offer support and welfare for now unsupervised cattle that continue to be exposed to the low doses of radiation, in order to improve their quality of life and to create a healthy, plentiful society where humans and animals can coexist.

We have to think about how we’re going to live from now on, and the surviving cattle are a perfect example of why. For this project, farmers with disaster-stricken livestock, researchers from many different fields, and local veterinarians are all coming together to rebuild and perform studies that can only be done in Fukushima.

By facing life, it is precisely because it is a land that has lost everything that it is possible to achieve uncovering things that are on the cutting edge.


Towards Reconstruction and Rebirth

In addition to honoring the thoughts and feelings of farmers who think of their cattle as being part of their own family as well as method to live, we wish to create a road that can lead renovating and rebirth, so that a Fukushima with a bright and hopeful future may come down it. And we want to use the results of our collaboration and research to benefit not only to Japan, but also to as many people as possible all over the world.

Mapping view of the farmers attending out project

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※:This figure was modified the map of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry homepage.

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