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Fukushima's animals abandoned and left to die
By Kyung Lah, CNN
updated 5:48 AM EST, Thu January 26, 2012
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Animals left to die in Fukushima zone
Nearly a year after the quake and tsunami, animal carcasses litter the region
Animal activists call the dead animals an outrage
Environmental agency says government has tried to rescue as many as possible
It points out the risk posed to people entering the contaminated area
Inside Fukushima Exclusion Zone, Japan (CNN) --
When you stand in the center of Japan's exclusion zone, there is absolute silence. The exclusion zone is the 20-kilometer (12-mile) radius around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an area of high radiation contamination.
On March 12, the day after the quake and tsunami hit, 78,000 people were evacuated out of this area, believing they would return within a few days. As such, thousands of people left with their dogs tied up in the backyard, cats in their houses and livestock penned in barns.
Nearly a year later, animal carcasses litter the region.
Cows and pigs starved to death, their bones still in pens. Dogs dropped dead with disease. A cat skull sits on a neighborhood road.
This is perhaps an inevitable outcome to a nuclear emergency, but animal rights activists call it an outrage.
"It's shameful," says Yasunori Hoso with United Kennel Club Japan. "We kept asking the government to rescue these animals from the beginning of the disaster. There must have been a way to rescue the people and the animals at the same time following the nuclear disaster at Fukushima."
Japan's environmental agency tells CNN the government's position has been to rescue as many livestock and animals possible. But it points out that because of the risk posed to people entering the contaminated area, the government has chosen to take a prudent attitude toward animal rescue.
Last December, the government allowed animal rights groups like UKC Japan to enter the exclusion zone and rescue any surviving animals. Hoso entered with his members, carrying cages and food.
On one of those days, Hoso's group approached a house. A six-week-old female puppy lay dead in the living room in a pool of blood. It appeared to have died from disease. From the back of the house, the UKC volunteers heard weak barking. The puppy's two brothers were still alive, hiding in another part of the house. They were traumatized and afraid of the rescuers, having never been around people before. The volunteers soon rounded up their mother.
Those dogs now reside at the UKC Japan shelter near Tokyo. 250 dogs and 100 cats, all from the exclusion zone, live in cramped cages at the shelter. UKC Japan, which survives on donations, says it has tracked down 80% of the owners.
But that hasn't meant the animals can reunite with owners. Shelters and temporary apartment housing have not allowed the owners to live with their pets, Hoso said.
Unfortunately, he added, the owners can't live with their animals because they are homeless themselves.
Fukushima's animals abandoned and left to die
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The Dark Side of the Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Derby, considered the most prestigious horse race in the world, will be run on Saturday. The race is one and quarter miles long, lasts approximately two minutes, and takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky Derby attendance ranks first in North America, usually surpassing all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup. It’s also one of the most highly watched sporting events on television: people tune in from all over the world to watch the beauty and splendor of thoroughbred horses.
But behind all of the pageantry and tradition lies a deep, dark secret the public is not privy to. That secret is the intense cruelty and abuse that horses are subjected to because they are regarded as little more than income-generating property.
Breeding is not a pretty picture. A thoroughbred mare will be kept pregnant 90 percent of her life. To make sure insemination is successful, the industry uses various practices that would amount to rape if they were performed on a human female.
Only four weeks after a mare has given birth, she will be impregnated again. Horses would naturally give birth in the mild Summer months, but in Australia, artificial lighting and drugs are used so that foals are born as close to August 1 as possible – their winter. This allows the most time for training before racing season. Australian breeders produce the second highest amount of thoroughbred foals in the world, but most are discarded due to injury, birth defects or lack of racing promise.
However, thoroughbred breeding stats showed a decline in 2009. The number of stallions bred dropped almost 9 percent, and the number of mares bred fell 13.5 percent, according to The Jockey Club. Before we cheer, the numbers of horses bred are still staggering. This year alone more than 45,000 mares were “covered” (bred), which means that tens of thousands of foals will be born into the racing industry and, if successful, will suffer broken bones, stress, loneliness, drugs, abandonment, neglect, and slaughtered when they are no longer considered “useful.”
Thoroughbred horses are bred specifically to race. Because of selective breeding they have many genetic problems that are exacerbated by hard track surfaces, year-round racing schedules, and owners who race them too frequently in an effort to make more money. They weigh at least 1000 pounds yet their bodies are supported by ankles the size of a human’s, and they’re forced to run around dirt tracks at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour – all while carrying people on their backs, being yelled at and whipped.
Training is rigorous and takes a huge toll on horses. They are fed highly concentrated diets rather than grazing as they would normally. This is done to give them the energy to be able to train for many hours. The problem with this diet is that it causes health problems, such as painful gastric ulcers. Studies have shown that horses can develop bleeding ulcers within eight weeks of starting training.
Horses are highly social, and have strong instincts to be part of a herd, yet when not racing or training, racehorses spend all their time confined in stables. Being stabled separately, many develop neurotic behaviors such as wind sucking, self mutilation and head weaving, very similar to animals confined in cages, zoos, factory farms and circuses.
Racehorses travel from state to state, and racetrack to racetrack, in cramped and less than ideal conditions. Only a select few will run in the popular, well publicized races; the majority are instead trucked, shipped, or flown to the thousands of other races that take place all over the country every year. A travel schedule like this causes immense stress for the horses.
Drugs play a large role in the horse racing industry and are administered (illegally) to increase performance, cover up pain and increase recovery time. Some insiders have revealed that horses can be injected with various drugs 25 to 30 times in the week leading up to a race. Any time a horse is not racing it cuts into profits, so trainers and even veterinarians commonly give painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to mask fatigue and give horses a temporary burst of strength. Just as they do on a human body, drugs take a physical toll and create addiction and dependency. Among legal drugs, horses are given Lasix to control bleeding in the lungs, phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory, and cortiscosteroids for pain and inflammation. Often these legal substances have performance-enhancing effects, since they can mask pain or make a horse run faster. Compounding the problem, labs cannot detect all the illegal drugs out there, and which drugs are legal varies from state to state, with Kentucky holding the reputation as the most lenient state.
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A single mum was branded Britain's worst mother today after she left her four children home alone - so she could go on a 24-hour drinking binge.
The 22-year-old woman knocked back an entire bottle of wine even before she left her home for the drink-fueled tour of town centre bars and house parties.
The alarm was only raised when her eldest daughter was spotted hanging out of the window sobbing: 'Where's mummy?'
A worried relative broke into the house and found inside a one-year-old boy soaked in urine in his cot in a bedroom on his own.
A three-year-old girl had managed to dress herself and the most upset was the oldest girl.
The four-year-old had attempted to mix a feed for the youngest child, aged just three months, who was crying with hunger.
The youngest baby was in a travel cot with no blanket and was wet through and wearing a soiled nappy.
There was dried milk and sick all over his clothing.
He was said to be grey, docile and his forehead 'sunken.'
Police later arrived at the property in Blackburn, Lancs, to find it littered with empty beer cans and bottles
Today the mum, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, was warned by a judge she faced jail after she admitted four charges of child neglect.
Her case was adjourned at Preston Crown Court whilst a report by social services is prepared.
The children are now in care and the mum is only allowed supervised access.
After all the recent studies in child neglect & abuse how can this ever be excused, this creature left her own vunerable children to engage in an alcoholic/drug session. I will be waiting to see what the outcome of her case will be will we have yet another child service review the last five were not that helpful.
The UK needs to stop this now if a child is indeed at risk put them on the at risk registar straight away dont wait, if they need to be removed into care do so how can any child care professional sleep if we have another "Baby P" incident that they could have prevented just like his death.
Are children need our help & support let us not fail them again!.A single mum was branded Britain's worst mother today after she left her four... more
Santa Claus is his legal name, and he's a Christian Monk, as St. Nicholas was many centuries ago. He is a full-time volunteer advocate for the 2 million children in the U.S. annually who are abused, neglected, exploited, abandoned, homeless, and institutionalized through no fault of their own. That is 1 out of 37 children in our great nation. Santa visited every Governor's staff throughout the U.S. in 2006-07 and discussed a variety of important children's issues affecting vulnerable children in dire circumstances. Then, in 2008, in order to prompt Obama and McCain to discuss those very same issues, Santa campaigned in 18 states an as independent write-in candidate for President of the United States--garnering modest national and international media coverage of those issues. Santa believes that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, not the cress, commercial, secular spectacle it has become in many places, and that the greatest gift one can give is love, not presents. Santa lives in Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and is founder of The Santa Claus Foundation.Santa Claus is his legal name, and he's a Christian Monk, as St. Nicholas was... more