More than 1,000 cattle running wild in Fukushima radiation zone

FUKUSHIMA —

The Fukushima prefectural government said Friday that at least 1,000 cattle have escaped the confines of their farm homesteads within the 20-kilometer exclusion zone around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and have likely gone feral.

Just prior to the March 11 disaster, the prefecture counted a total of 3,500 cattle, 30,000 pigs, and 440,000 chickens inside of what is now the exclusion zone. Since the accident, prefectural authorities said they had euthanized 59 cattle, 2,996 pigs and 367 chickens the permission of farm owners as of Aug 31.

Additionally, according to a report on NHK, the vast majority of the rest of the pigs and chickens within the exclusion zone have died of natural causes – mostly by starvation. Authorities have yet to locate the bodies of any cattle, however, leading them to conclude that most of them are running wild.

Japan Today

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    Nippon Nation

    How cute! Feral cattle. Attack of the feral cattle.

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    Spidapig24

    Additionally, according to a report on NHK, the vast majority of the rest of the pigs and chickens within the exclusion zone have died of natural causes – mostly by starvation.

    So the remaining 27,000 pigs and 439,000 odd chickens died of natural causes did they? Since when has been left to starve to death in a tiny cage anything remotely natural. Another example of the caring nature of the Japanese when it comes to animals.

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    Asagao

    "farm homestead". This is a sick aspect of Japanese culture, Asian culture and many parts of the world. Putting thinking, feeling mammals in cages, crowded and separated from their friends and family, feeding them disgusting food full of hormones and antibiotics and fattening agents is a crime in it's self. To leave them to starve is a crime. It is very suspicious that these highly iradiated animals are missing, and if my fears are right and they have been butchered and sold with mislabeling to families in Japan, attempted murder charges should be laid if proof can be found.

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    oberst

    Might as well turn the whole area into a " natural preserve ", would be interesting to see what happens 20 yrs from now. " formerly "domesticated pigs breeding with wild pigs with a dose of radiation..............wow

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    Farmboy

    Authorities have yet to locate the bodies of any cattle, however, leading them to conclude that most of them are running wild.

    Ummm. Not finding their bodies does not necessarily mean they've gone feral, I think. Before naming the new feral breed, shouldn't we find one or two?

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    shirokuma2011

    Someone needs to distribute to the government copies of Alan Weisman's "The World Without Us", which looks into what might happen when man-made structures, environments, industries, and communities are abandoned (for one reason or another). It's available in Japanese, too!

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    USNinJapan2

    There's a movie script in there somewhere: "Beware! The attack of the radioactive zombie wagyu!!!"

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    oberst

    Too bad Fukashima is not in Iga or we'll have radioactive ninjas .............talking about movie script !!

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    Christina O'Neill

    If indeed this number of cattle have gone feral they will instinctiveley organise themselves into herds. They are a nomadic creature by nature, so it is unlikely that they will restrict themselves in the boundaries of the restricted zone.

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    tmarie

    Great. We're all going to be attacked by feral radioactive cattle. What next? Mothra?

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    Disillusioned

    Cowzilla is coming!

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    The Munya Times

    I see japan is doing her best to cover up not just the disaster but the whole irresponsible mistreatment of the nuclear disaster, yet it seems not everything can be hidden from the world's eyes. Thanks JT . Can't even imagine what can go on there and what is awaiting us as the contamination spreads . Now 1000 carrier who will be consumed for sure soon, ............or as Disillusioned put it.

    DisillusionedSep. 03, 2011 - 08:03PM JST

    Funny, yet tragically true considering the next generations of cows or not just cows being born with cute genetic mutation. I always like your posts, you capable to hit the nail on the head and make a point in short posts.

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    WilliB

    " prefectural authorities said they had euthanized 59 cattle, 2,996 pigs and 367 chickens "

    That is pathetic! And the caged animals that starved to death did of course not "die of natural causes". Since when is being locked up without food a "natural cause". The authorities should either have killed all livestock, or let it run wild.

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    smithinjapan

    I find it hard to believe there are this many feral animals running about but they have yet to actually find/see one, and that they haven't found any bodies any where. I agree with an above poster -- in all likelihood they were butchered and sold under false labelling.

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    Farmboy

    What next? Mothra?

    Well, Mothra DID have a catchy song. Not sure what kind of song a radioactive feral zombie cow would have... and then there's the problem of finding little twins in a cage to sing it...

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    uzneko

    there are a lot more then 1,000 running around still. Also, there are tons of pigs, chickens and a few ostriches on the lose

    btw, wtf is a feral cow? Pretty sure they will just keep eating grass and not caring.

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    oginome

    Gives a new meaning to the term 'free range'.

    finding little twins in a cage to sing it

    The Peanuts are still alive, they can do it again.

  • -1

    herefornow

    uzneko -- exactly. 3,500 cattle before the quake minus the 59 they know died is a lot more than 1,000. Typical J-government math.

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    globalwatcher

    I would not be too upset about this. It did happend and there is nothing you can change now.

    You can use this as a great opportunity for all nuclear medicine studies. You can change a lemon to a lemondade. That's how I see it.

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    gyouza

    Organic beef? Or is it free range? At last!

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    BurakuminDes

    I think it's sad that thousands of animals had to die like this - basically because farmers and their lobbyists in Tokyo are so powerful. The government of a civilised country would have shot the lot of them before they died painfully - with no need to get the permission of some geriatric farmers who probably don't even know what is happening. It's what the Soviets did in Chernobyl - and they were not even exactly a free nation but they didn't want the animals to suffer - or have them running wild. Watch the docos on youtube if you don't believe me.

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    BurakuminDes

    Agree with Smithinjapan - it is highly likely the farmers have sold many of these animals in other prefectures after changing the labeling of the meat.

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    manta60

    The Japanese don't even care about their own people so it's no suprise they left untold numbers of animals to suffer and die through starvation, civilised country my arse.

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    Cricky

    The math is wrong...what else is wrong? I agree with above all animals should have been euthanized, yes killed in the area. Why 6months latter is this a problem? Ahhh farmers. Public safety, (brown envelope please) Dai ja bu

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    mrsynik

    If it weren't for all the radiation stuff, that would be the tastiest, free range beef!

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    I think we should round up all them cattle and give them to the poor people of the DPRK a.k.a. North Korea, they seem to be real hungry over there, I am sure they would know what to do with so much cattle.

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    Darren Brannan

    The photos I saw of dead and dying animals in pens were graphic to say the least. Ppl were given little time to evacuate and the farmers up there have had so much misinformation til now that I guess many thought they would be back within a fortnight. We have all had to learn about radiation instantly.. Just like those farmers. I imagine it must be hard to run around slaughtering your livelihood when you are being pushed out of your own front door. Yes, the animals needed a mercy bullet but so many..at a time when tje focus was on saving human lives. It is a hard call. Releading the animals would have been kinder, but how much time did they have to take all their life with them and evac? Not much is my guess. People are still hemmed in lots in evac shelters like cattle. Humans first, in my book. A group of volunteers did go around saving and releasing animals ( probably illegally too) and one young Japanese bloke especially rescued many.The evac zone was a no-entry zone, and those animals were people's property and livelihood. Ppl going in and shooting them dead would probably open up all sorts of legal issues. Nobody likes to see living things suffer but I think putting residents first was the correct thing to do.

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    Spidapig24

    Darren Brannan,

    I agree that people come first, however how hard would it be to get the military to enter the area and humanely kill the livestock. After all they use the military to assist with the culling of chickens after bird flu outbreaks. As for the legal ramifications what would they be? I would think there would be less anger at a controlled killing of these animals than just letting them starve to death in their pens. This is just one more stuff up that can be attributed to the bumbling morons in power in this country and how they handled this whole disaster.

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    Darren Brannan

    hmm..big call Spidapig.A lot of the military and police were wading through mud looking for bodies.If my daughter was missing and I saw the police and army shooting pigs and cows I don't know how I would react.More than 1,000...imagine twice that perished and that is a big task. That is a heckuva lot of shooting to be done..strangling chickens..then the pigs..then the pets that were left behind.I am an animal lover too and understand people's fury, but my friend just showed me pics he took recently up in Iwate and Miyagi and many people up there are still as caged in and helpless as those animals.A lot of those people literally had 6-12 hours to get out of dodge...and they thought they were coming straight back.

  • 0

    hanataro

    those cows and pigs will buy by chain reataurants and selling on sale soon. no waste of any meat. infected with cesium, does not really matter in japan

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    uzneko

    I went into the area to rescue animals and saw first hand dead animals, cats and dogs weighing only a few kgs and the animals that still wait beside the road every day waiting for someone to return... 6months later.

    I do not care if you think people should come first or not, these animals died in an unimaginable way and there are thousands more slowly suffering out there. Not to mention, thanks to the very limited amount of animals that get fixed in Japan, there are now thousands of babies running around Fukushima, starving and feral.

    It makes me cry every damn day to even think about it.

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