Hachiko Coalition is reporting that Leo and Hiroshi Hoshi, both animal rescue volunteers who have been feeding and rescuing the pets left behind in the Fukushima evacuation zone have been arrested by Futaba police.
The report from Hachiko Coalition:
“BREAKING NEWS: Two of the Hoshi Family Have Been Arrested as of Yesterday and detained by the Futaba Fukushima Police. Of course it is none other than animal activists Hoshi Hiroshi and Leo Hoshi. They cannot be contacted and are being charged with crimes. The Hoshi Hiroshi Family has been rescuing animals each weekend inside the zone and surroundings for almost 2 years as a private volunteer rescue group. This is atrocious and we will be showing our support. Stay tuned as we learn more.”
No information or recent posts were on the group’s NGO page. Hiroshi Hoshi’s personal Facebook page just mentions they were arrested. We will post more as it comes out. The Hoshi Family has been defying the prefecture ban on animal rescue group entry into the evacuation zone as have many other groups. The government has done nothing to aid the domestic animals left behind outside of a brief photo-op where they allowed a few groups in for a few days then barred them again from the zone. Without these groups thousands more animals left behind in the zone would have died from starvation and disease. Many evacuees have been reunited with lost pets due to the efforts of groups like Hoshi Family Animal Welfare.
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