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The Humane Society International, together with several other international and local animal organizations, continues to press the Japanese government to allow volunteer assistance in reaching animals still in need of rescue following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent failure of the nuclear power plants impacted by these natural disasters.
In the coming months, HSI also will continue to distribute grants to established Japanese animal welfare organizations, emphasizing support for groups and individuals, like veterinarians, that have provided or continue to provide substantial front-line service in on-the-ground response.
To more fully address the practical and policy issues faced by animal rescue organizations following the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina (2005), and the Indian Ocean rim tsunami (2004), HSI also is looking into ways to better prepare animal rescue organizations for the perils and risks associated with radiation release from nuclear reactors as well as implementing sound policies for emergency sheltering, safety protocols for handling animals, and developing and managing feeding stations and programs for roaming strays.
Anticipating the need for relevant knowledge and better protocols in the future, HSI has also decided to commission a non-technical report on the exposure of animals to radioactivity.
In Japan, HSI's continuing efforts are being supported by donations from GreaterGood.org in hopes that this will create a better situation for the animals and for those working to help them.
Photo: HSI teams readying emergency supplies for distribution to animal rescue organizations in Japan.