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Animal Rescuers Jailed In Political Struggle With Fukushima Government

We have reported before on the Hoshi family and their work in the evacuation zone rescuing and feeding abandoned pets. Hiroshi and Leo remain in jail and had a court appearance on March 11th. Initially the Futaba police made an accusation of “fraud” and seized all of the computers from their auto parts business. This made it impossible for the business to operate in their absence. At the court hearing the police & prosecuters were unable to elaborate or make a formal fraud case. Those more familiar with the case said if the police had a case they would have formally charged them by now and bail would have been set. The police were unable to find any evidence of any fraud in the computers seized. So far the only charges … Read entire article »

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Animal Rescue Volunteers Arrested By Fukushima Govt In Evac Zone

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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Animal Rescuers Employ New Technology, Chased By Police

This is a story that has been going on since soon after the disaster. The authorities told people to evacuate but leave pets at home, that they would be able to return in a few days. That never happened. What did happen is one of the worst animal disasters on record. All the pets and livestock in the evacuation zone were left to starve and die as many of them have. Over a year and a half later animal rescue groups continue to fight the government to do the humane thing and rescue the remaining surviving animals. The animal rescue groups have appealed to the government in many different ways and have tried to work within the governments brief attempt to appease the public on the animal abandonment issue. The government … Read entire article »

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