Help Save Animals in Japan's Quake Zone! (Updated)
  • Petitioned Prime Minister Naoto Kan

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Prime Minister Naoto Kan

Help Save Animals in Japan's Quake Zone! (Updated)

    1. Petition by

      Born Free USA

*UPDATE* While the Japanese government is working with local officials to start allowing a small number of residents at a time to return to their homes for up to two hours, the residents are not allowed to bring their animals out of the forbidden zone.  They are told to tie or crate their pets outside where officials can collect them in a day or two.  In all, nine municipalities were affected and the system the government now has in place is for the municipalities to take turns allowing their residents to return to their homes.  Because of the size of the affected area and number of municipalities, this is estimated to take over five months to accomplish.  As of May 11th, residents of only one village had been allowed to return - 27 dogs and two cats were rescued. Farmed animals have not been included in this plan. This system will not help the majority of the animals in need of help now.  Please continue signing this petition! 


While the Japanese government is scrambling to take care of their people and trying to get the crippled country back on its feet in the wake of the 9.0 earthquake in March and subsequent record-breaking tsunami and massive radiation leak, the animals left behind in the Fukushima evacuation zone are silently enduring unspeakable suffering.


Farm animals (cows, horses, pigs and chickens) as well as domestic pets (dogs and cats) are left to fend for themselves without water, food or basic life-sustaining necessities - often tied, chained or otherwise confined.  They are suffering slow, painful deaths due to starvation, dehydration and radiation exposure.

The animals were dying in alarming numbers even when rescue groups and brave pet owners defying the “do not enter” proclamation were able to sneak into the forbidden zone to take care of the animals left behind after the quake.  However, on April 22nd the government put into place a strict order to keep people out and now the animals have no chance for survival or relief from a slow death until the government lifts the ban.

Japanese animal welfare groups, as well as organizations from the United States that are in Japan to assist, have been unsuccessfully working with the government to be allowed into the evacuation zone and are on standby ready to move in at a moment’s notice.  With no time to waste, please sign this petition immediately asking the Japanese government to move swiftly to help these animals.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. "Bring Hachi Home" campaign launched to help animals in evacuation zone

      The campaign is part of the Hachiko Coalition’s efforts to raise awareness for the animals abandoned by the Japanese government inside the nuclear exclusion zone after the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant.

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. Hiroshi Hoshi defies fallout to pluck animals from Fukushima dead zone

      Hoshi has been sneaking beyond the barriers to rescue animals in the evacuation zone: "Animals are being left to die, something that spurred Mr Hoshi, who has no background in activism, to take on his rescue role."

    5. Thousands of animals still waiting to be rescued in Fukushima zone (VIDEO)

      Check out the video at the link below, released by the coalition JEARS, about the animals suffering from starvation and neglect since the Japanese government cut off access to the evacuation zone.

    6. Missing Pets a Lingering Legacy of Japan's Disasters.

      "Taeko Nose says she may never forget the image of her two dogs - "her children" as she calls them - tied up on a leash as she was forced to leave her home during Japan's nuclear crisis..."

    7. Help Save Animals in Japan's Quake Zone Petition Featured on Tonic

      From Tonic: "Like a scene out of a sci-fi flick, domestic dogs and cats and farm animals ... are living free among the debris left by March’s devastating earthquake in Japan, fighting for survival in the Fukushima evacuation."

    8. Reached 5,000 signatures
    9. From House of Japan: Activists Urge Animal Rescue

      Thousands on Thursday urged the Japanese government to allow rescuers into the Fukushima evacuation zone to help the starving animals who have been abandoned. ...

    10. Japan Rescue Update: Three Months After the Disaster

      Petition press coverage via Global Animal

    11. From Japan Today: Activists urge gov't to allow animal rescue groups into Fukushima no-entry zone:

    12. "Japan resident Hoshi Hiroshi has defied police orders to heroically reach starving animals inside the 20km exclusion zone. Other locals who ask to remain anonymous (working with Kinship Circle-JEARS) also risk arrest to save animals in nuclear ghost towns."

    13. Reached 4 signatures
    14. Get the latest on-the-ground updates from JEARS (Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support), a coalition of three established, registered no kill animal rescue organizations in Japan:

    15. In addition to supporting Born Free USA, here are additional ways you can support Japan's animals and the groups who are on-the-ground waiting to rescue animals from the evacuation zone:

    16. Volunteers with the Hachiko Coalition put on hazmat suits and snuck into the evacuation zone to rescue the two dogs who had been spotted on camera at the nuclear power station. They rescued the dogs from the radioactive rubble and took them to a veterinary clinic for treatment.

      Those dogs are getting the care they need but many more still need help in the evacuation zone. Urge the Japanese government to let rescuers in!

    17. Japan admits being unprepared for nuclear disaster:

    18. Reached 3 signatures
    19. Stranded Animals Roam Fukushima's Nuclear Rubble (via Euronews):

    20. It's been almost a month since the Hachiko Coalition called for an immediate evacuation of animals from the nuclear exclusion zone:

    21. Reached 2 signatures
    22. Expert panel to address radiologic impact on animals near Japan nuclear plant (via the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association): "We can't turn a blind eye to Japan's abandoned animals that have not received adequate food or water for more than a month and continue to receive dangerous levels of radiation."

    23. Reached 2 signatures
    24. Reports are coming in that people caught sneaking into the evacuation zone are being arrested. Time is running out for the surviving animals and they need help!

    25. How Many Animal Lives Has the Fukushima Evacuation Zone Claimed?

      It was one disaster after another when Japan was slammed in early March by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. The earthquake caused a tsunami that swept away homes and lives. Explosions and leaks at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station led...


    Reasons for signing

    • Sarah Flynn CAMARILLO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Animals must be heard with our voices in massive numbers, as they cannot speak for themselves.

    • Annette Andersson ENKOPING, SWEDEN
      • about 3 years ago

      Domestic animals lives are the responsability of humans. When we love animals we take care of them. Do not close your heart to animals that suffer, because they are living beings capable of experiencing pain and sorrow. Animals trust us to take care of them. Please help them.

    • Heather Smith ST LOUIS, MO
      • about 3 years ago

      ‎"True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which is deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals." — Milan Kundera

      • about 3 years ago

      Someone Please help these abandoned animals - they are just as important as the humans..

    • Casey Riordan MIAMI, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      Animals suffered through the Japanese Earthquake just as much as humans did. It's time to help them out, too.


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