YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A day after receiving a detailed report that included protocols to safely monitor, evacuate and treat animals contaminated by radiation, the Government of Japan launched an operation to remove abandoned animals from inside the 20km evacuation zone in Fukushima Prefecture. The report was the result of an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) led summit that convened subject matter experts in Tokyo earlier this month to find ways to rescue the animals that were left behind. The Japanese Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) participated in the summit as observers."The animals of Fukushima have been in our thoughts since the disaster struck. We're incredibly relieved to learn that Japan has begun this rescue effort," said Dr. Dick Green, IFAW Manager for Disasters. "The team of veterinarians and officials from the Ministry of Environment are following our Committee's recommendations aimed at ensuring safety for both animals and people."
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