E.L. and I were at the Jingu Dori Park to join the “Save animals trapped in the Fukushima Exclusive Zone” demonstration on May 8. We arrived early so I took some snapshots while E.L. was helping her friend to distributing some flyers about JEARS.
There were many English and Japanese signs and banners. This one was about building more shelters instead of killing the cats and dogs.
One of the guest speakers, Yamaji Toru san was there to give a speech before the rally started. He is a famous journalist in Japan, his involvement would help to spread the message across.
A moment of silence and prayers led by the Buddhist priest for all those animals perished in Fukushima after the March 11 quake and tsunami, and many more were just left behind followed by the mass evacuations, that the animals were either died of starvation, dehydration, or general neglect. It was just too sad and many people were in tears during the prayers.
We were getting ready for the start of the demonstration around 3pm.
The aim for this peaceful demonstration was to seek prompt access from the Japanese government to enter the 20km exclusion zone before more animals die!
It was our first time to participate in a demonstration and we were right at the front! E.L.’s Japanese was so poor that she could not catch up with some of the Japanese slogans led by the organizer holding a loud speaker just in front of us. One of the slogans was “Hate to see them die, we are running out of time!”
Over 600 people took part in the rally, a great turn-out for something that has been called just over a week ago.
Animal organizations such as ARK and JEARS had representatives there to support the demonstration, this was E.L.’s friend from JEARS, she was very busy doing interviews throughout the day. Here in the photo, she was being interviewed by World Animal Awareness Society from the United States.
ARK、JEARSなど動物愛護団体の方もデモに参加しています。コチラはJEARSのメンバーであるE.L.の友人。一日中インタビューで大忙しです。写真は、アメリカのWorld Animal Awareness Societyからインタビューを受けている様子。
The photo was taken at the end of the protest just before we were dismissed. Thanks to the organizers, they gave us a chance to voice out our concerns. I hope the government would listen to our demands. There are many ways to help the animals affected by the crisis even if you are not in Japan, to find out more please click on the links below:
The organiser of the demonstration: http://animaldemo.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-11.html
Edited: May 12th, 2011