A permit was given to a vet from Nara prefecture to enter the Fukushima 20km no-go zone, and he captured the current situation of livestock such as pigs and cows in film, in hope of helping these animals. This is Minamisoma-city, Fukushima prefecture. It is a no-go zone which is situated within 20km (16miles) from the No. 1 nuclear power plant. It’s forbidden to remove pets or livestock from this area. (vet) ‘There is no feed for the livestock here at all’ ‘They’ve finished it all’ When you give them food, the cows stretch their heads out and desperately start eating. They seem to be doing fine, but if you look at their feet, it’s all covered in their urines and droppings. And if you look at those across from here, all cows are dead with their heads stretched out as if to look for food. This footage was filmed by a vet from Nara prefecture, Naruki Imamoto, hoping he could do something to help these animals. He was given a special permit to enter the area last Monday. ‘It was a view I’ve never seen before.’ ‘There was no one and animals were lying dead.’ ‘It’s like a forgetten world.’ ‘And yet there were living horses and living cows.’ (vet) ‘There are babies….’ ‘There are new lives even in this kind of situation…’ ‘No milk is coming out from mother pigs, they need to be fed’… Those babies born after the incident are about 1 month old, and are desperately trying to suck for milk, but their mothers are incredibly thin. (vet) ‘Pig moms are doing so their best…’ (vet) ‘Stay strong you guys…’ At this farm, they have raised a special breed of pigs for all these years, and 21 out of 22 specific pigs were still alive. To protect city’s treasure asset, city officials have been coming here to feed them even after the area became forbidden to enter, under the name of ‘investigation’. Mr. Imamoto is considering now, if it would be possible to take the livestock out of the area as ‘experimental objects’. (vet) ‘To bring them out of this area alive, one option is to name them as ‘animals for experiment’, not as livestock.’ ‘Once laboratories make sure they are ok, they are labeled back to livestock’. ‘To be honest, with this amount of radiation, it’s a high possibility there will be no problem for reproduction’ ‘When the city is ready for reconstruction, these animals will be able to be used for reproduction again.’ On the other hand, there were animals that were removed from this area. For the traditional festival in the local area that’s been held over 1,000 years, 26 horses used for this ‘Soma nomaoi’ were recognized for their historical value and were given permission by the local government to be removed. ‘Oh, good, good, everyone is ok here.’ Horses covered in mud because of the tsunami… When their skinny bodies were screened for ratio activity, the test showed ‘zero’ (detected of no radiation). There was absolutely no problem. According to Mr. Imamoto, all pigs and chickens that were not fed were all dead. That is why, it’s the local farmers’ wish to save animals that are still alive and Mr. Imamoto thinks it’s vets’ responsibility. ‘To save those still alive and to make good use of us, we (vets) would really like to be able to go inside the zone’ The amount of radiation we will be exposed will be the same as what National Defense Force received when they looked for dead bodies. ‘We would really appreciate if we (vets), those who wish to help, are given permission so we can contribute ourselves.’ It’s been 2 weeks since the area was strictly closed for entry. Animals are still waiting, as of this moment, for helping hands.