Eastern Japan Earthquake & Tsunami/Fukushima Nuclear Power
Petition Requesting Animal Rescue
in No-Entry and Planned Evacuation Zones
On April 22, 2011, the Japanese government changed the status of
the “voluntary evacuation zones” to “no-go zones.”
Moreover, the government added designated “planned evacuation
zones” and “evacuation prepared areas.” In response,
ALIVE Fukushima has sent a petition reproduced below to the prefectural
Petition Requesting Animal Rescue in No-Entry and Planned
May 2, 2011
Governor of Fukushima Prefecture
Jurisdiction under Fukushima Prefecture,
Department of Food Sanitation,
Public Health and Welfare Office,
Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies
ALIVE Fukushima sincerely appreciates the tireless efforts of the
involved officials and staff in reconstructing the areas affected
by the recent disaster. ALIVE Fukushima established a pet consultation
service on March 24. We have used the mass media to promote and
inform the public of our efforts. We have visited evacuation shelters
to talk with evacuees with pets and we have dealt with more than
400 individual cases up until today.
Some evacuees from the no-entry zone are going back to their homes
frequently to take care of their pets. Also, many evacuees who live
in the planned evacuation zone have contacted us to ask about evacuations
with their pets. We urge the relevant officials and staff to take
immediate action to resolve following issues.
1. The need for clear guidance concerning evacuation with
When a temporary home visit to the no-entry zone is allowed, please
consider and implement special rescue measures, such as preparing
microbuses for pets and for people who are evacuated with animals.
Please also consider allowing animals to be taken into evacuation
shelters. There are pets that are left alone in the no-entry zone.
They are very cautious and nervous and it is difficult to go close
to them. For these vigilant animals, it is necessary for the owners
to be involved in rescue efforts. When evacuees come to shelters
with their pets, please establish places for housing pets. If that
is too difficult, ALIVE Fukushima and other organizations can help
by providing useful information about foster families.
2. The need for guidance concerning evacuation with pets
from planned the evacuation zone.
The municipality and pet owners in the planned evacuation zone have
contacted ALIVE Fukushima. Please urgently guide the municipality
and related governmental bodies to take pets along when evacuating
as a general rule. When suggesting this, please advice them that
a place for housing pets should be prepared at each evacuation shelter.
3. Rescuing abandoned animals.
Officials from the Public Health and Welfare Office are now in charge
of rescuing abandoned animals. We would like to ask you to continue
the rescue effort as long as possible. The rescue effort cannot
be successfully carried out without sufficient manpower. Please
try to increase the workforce as much as possible, so that the search
and rescue of wandering pet animals will be effectively conducted.
4. Recruiting more volunteers.
We urge the Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies
to implement a volunteer registration system for temporary foster
families. Please work closely with local volunteers to obtain more
manpower and establish a scrupulous support system. We also urge
you to publicize the information about animals that have rescued
by volunteer groups on your website and try to locate their owners.
We understand that at this difficult time there are countless urgent
issues that you need to deal with. However we would greatly appreciate
it, if you could pay attention to our requests.
NPO ALIVE (All Life in Viable Environment)