Rescuers trying to help pets left behind in Japan’s nuclear danger zone

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Sadly, pets and livestock left behind in the evacuation of the region around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are starving, as few people are being allowed into the danger zone.

CNN reports freelance journalists recently left food for one dog and rescuers have been braving the radiation danger to save others, but so many more are not getting help.

This is such a sad story. I know circumstances, in the middle of a major disaster, might lead to pets being left behind. But we too often hear stories like this – from Hurricane Katrina to this situation.

Communities need to have disaster plans that include shelters where pets can be housed.