Helping Animals in Japan–Update

From WSPA: A man carries his dog in the city of Ofunato on March 15, 2011.

Two weeks on from my original post Helping Animals in Japan in which I conducted an admittedly unscientific review of Web sites of animal advocacy organisations and their response to the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, this report, Helping pets in post-disaster Japan, from the Los Angeles Times sums up well the current situation and the challenging situation for all concerned.

From their reports, various groups are now active, including WSPA; the IFAW video below reports well on the situation and its challenges; and HSI. Also, if you’re on Facebook, an excellent source of information is Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS), which also has its own Web site and is a collaboration of three established and registered no kill animal rescue NPOs in Japan.

One outcome from the disaster is its impact on Japan’s whaling industry. The New York Times reports

Japan’s tsunami seems to have succeeded — where years of boycotts, protests and high-seas chases by Western environmentalists had failed — in knocking out a pillar of the nation’s whaling industry. Ayukawahama was one of only four communities in Japan that defiantly carried on whaling and eating whales as a part of the local culture, even as the rest of the nation lost interest in whale meat.