Fukusima Daiichi, Japan – It’s almost a year (March 11/2011) since the terrible Tsunami/nuclear tragedy at Fukushima, Japan and animals are still running scared and uncared for. It’s hard to believe but, many animals are still running wild, and very few have been rescued.
Many have wondered if the radiation affects animals the same as humans and Dr. Coote from The Toronto Humane Society has confirmed it does, “I guess it depends which animals you are referring to, so if we talk about dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep those are all mammals, so the way that animals are affected by radiation will be quite similar to humans, they often worry about the cumulative radiation affect so that if you are exposed to certain levels of radiation over time they’re worried that there would be a cumulative affect of radiation that can cause dangerous levels.”She went on to say, “In animals they don’t really have a prolonged exposure to radiation, because they have such a short lifespan relative to humans, If they are farming dairy, goats or chickens, it’s the issue with, one, the actual exposure to radiation the way we get exposed in the atmosphere so there’s that exposure and then there’s the exposure they get from the vegetation that they are eating. And it’s also in the water, the runoff and the rain.”“Birds and insects will be affected as well and they can spread the radiation as they fly miles from the danger zone but they have a very low life-span and then it becomes a problem for the food chain as the bird eats the contaminated insect or the bird eats a contaminated fish that’s a concern and then flies miles away and then the bird gets eaten by another predator and the cycle continues”
Many have already died from the radiation exposure and disease, and it’s unknown at this time when anyone else will be allowed into the exclusion area.