Japan – Animals Matter in Disasters

The National Council of SPCAs asks South Africa to join us in considering the plight and safety of animals in Japan as well as being mindful of deep concerns for the human population. Animals too are involved and suffering. As our hearts go out to the Japanese nation, let us not overlook the impact on animals.

Just as so many people in Japan now have nowhere to return to, neither do their animals. Animal welfare organisations in Japan need to assist with temporary housing for animals whose owners probably have no access to funds for food or veterinary care including for animals that may have been hurt.

Some people have saved nothing but their animals and now do not have money or other resources to care for them or feed them. Let us also not overlook farm animals, wildlife and facilities that hold animals.

This is why the National Council of SPCAs wishes to launch a fund to assist with the long-term issues arising from the recent events.

South Africans are already asking what – if any – aid is being given to assist animals in Japan. We are confirm that international animal-aid organisations are already there and working “on the ground” with existing animal welfare organisations in Japan.

The animal-related impacts are becoming clear and there will undoubtedly be long-term issues and concerns. Assistance will be required to help the Japanese to go forward once the situation has been “normalised” if this is the term that could be used. The monetary situation in Japan is such that disposable income to support welfare efforts is unlikely to be available.

Our sympathies go out to the nation of Japan. We hope that the efforts to assist people and animals are successful.

We need to be mindful that there is no quick-fix, that income to support current relief work may soon be diminished and that the after-effects will be lasting. To help us help the animals in Japan, please could donations be made: –

REFERENCE JAPAN
ACCOUNT NAME – NSPCA
BANK – STANDARD
BRANCH – ALBERTON
ACCOUNT NUMBER – 201 032 015
BRANCH CODE- 006 405

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