animals

Fukushima: (UPDATE) Cattle on Abandoned Ranch Starve to Death, No-Go Zone Leaves Volunteers Helpless

For the latest information on the situation, please check here (May 5th)

In early April we accompanied an animal rescue team formed by several animal protection groups working within the 20 km evacuation zone around the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. In our first article, we reported the shocking scene of a ranch where the cattle had been abandoned by their owners who had fled after the outbreak of the crisis.

This time, we’d like to follow up on the report with updated information and unreleased photographs and video from the scene. Read More

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

In part 1 of this story we reported on the efforts of several animal protection groups to rescue dogs left behind by their owners. In this next part we would like to shift the focus to the cats left in the same situation. Read More

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

We traveled with an animal protection group as they visited the town of Namie and the Otaka district of Minamisoma city, both of which fall within the designated 20 km evacuation zone.

While we were there the workers were able to rescue around 20-30 cats and dogs. They were transported to a safer area and placed under the care of volunteers until they could be adopted, or their real owners found.

Yet, despite their best efforts, there are few other groups willing to put their health on the line to rescue these animals, and the shelters are limited in resources and capacity. The grim truth is that some animals will be left behind.

Luckily, there are some people who, unable to forsake these abandoned animals, are staying behind as well. On major Internet forum 2channel, hype is surrounding the post of one such user who continues to live in Namie and look after abandoned pets. Read More

Fukushima: We Follow Special Team Dispatched to Rescue Abandoned Pets (Part 1)

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Following our last report of abandoned cattle being left to starve, this is the second in a series of articles where we report our findings from our time on the ground in Fukushima.

This time our reporters followed a rescue team formed by several animal protection groups working in the town of Namie, Fukushima who had been requested by residents to save pets left behind by their masters.

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Fukushima: Cattle on Abandoned Ranch Starve to Death, No Sign of Owner’s Return

For the latest information on the situation, please check here (April 25th) and here (May 5th)

Earlier this April we made our way to Fukushima to do some investigative reporting of the current conditions in the five- to ten-kilometer area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. This is the first in a series of articles where we will report our findings from our time on the ground in Fukushima.

The location for our first story is a ranch in Namie, a town located 10 kilometers from the nuclear plant. Here, instead of the lively sounds of farmers going about their daily work, the air is filled with the desperate cries of abandoned cattle. Going to the barn to investigate, we found that over half the cattle in every pen were dead, and the rest were letting out heartbreaking cries for help as they stood among the corpses.

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Jilin Province, China—Last year, Mr. Zhang’s beloved pet dog Hu Zhi (Tiger) suddenly stopped eating and died for reasons unknown. As Mr. Zhang was burying his companion, he noticed a hard lump protruding from the dog’s stomach.

When Mr. Zheng took the dog in for an autopsy to find out the cause of the protrusion, a gallstone about the size of a chicken egg inside was found in his stomach. Mr. Zhang decided to keep the stone as a memento. However, Mr. Zhang was soon informed of a shocking fact: the stone removed from his dog’s stomach has a value of nearly 500,000 Yuan (US$76,487).

Why is this stone worth so much?

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How well do you know your cat?

Humans have been living with pets for a very long time. We especially love our dogs and cats. We think of them as friends, companions– even as family members. You may think you know everything about your furry friend, but there are facts about your pet’s characteristics and history that you may have never heard. In particular, here’s some interesting trivia about man’s trusty rodent controller, the cat: Read More

Japanese Internet shopping mega-site, Rakuten Ichiba, has been garnering some extra publicity thanks to a series of product pictures of models who are “fabulous on so many levels.”

The pictures in question are found on the men’s underwear section of the site, and feature several young men, sporting what can best be described as ‘manties,’ engaging in rather graphic advertising. Having pictures of models in underwear is, in itself, fairly standard practice; however, these models exude libido, exhibiting sensual expressions and lustful poses, undoubtedly provoked by the raw sexual energy of the underwear itself. Read More

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