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Please Help Us Provide Feed, Shelter, and Sanctuaries for Suffering Horses---the Silent Victims of the Disaster in Fukushima

The landscape along Route 6. The tsunami swept away almost everything. This stable affected by the tsunami is within the 20 kilometer area from the nuclear power plant. After two weeks from the disaster, the horses were found inside by a volunteer group members. Many died, but 11 horses have been rescued. This horse died a day before the rescue.



Minami Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture is an area in Japan where many ex-race horses spend their second lives. This area is famous for the Soma Nomaoi, a breathtaking festival with a thousand-year history which has been designated a National Important Intangible Folk Culture Property. Horses are very common here. They live in backyards and small stables, owned by horse-lovers, and as members of families or as companions.


EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI, AND RADIATION This horse was found two weeks after the quake & tsunami. Recovering now, but many scars remain on the neck.

The earthquake on March 11 alone was a great disaster. Then the resulting tsunami caused by the earthquake swept away many stables near the seashore, along with houses and other facilities. Many people died and many are still missing, as are the horses as well. But some horses survived through the disaster and have been rescued, and now they need care.

On top of everything, the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant made things worse. The silent fear of radioactivity threatens the horses. The owners themselves were seriously affected by the quake, tsunami and the nuclear-power plant disaster. They had no choice but to leave their horses in order to evacuate. Yet many owners in Minami Soma soon came back,  because they care for their horses and cannot abandon them. The horses are their pets, members of their families.


WE NEED TO BUY FEEDmap_somas.jpg

Feed for the horses is insufficient because the suppliers have run out of stock or have shut down due to the tsunami and fear of radiation. We have to charter trucks to Minami Soma, and the suppliers are reluctant to go to Fukushima for fear of radioactive contamination.

We, the Retired Horse Association (RHA; non-profit ), have been providing feed to horse owners, but we must provide more. It is estimated that more than 100 horses are still remaining inside the 30 kilometer area where the government has strongly advised residents to stay indoors.

The conditions are getting worse. The government has prohibited people from going inside the 20 kilometer area after April 22. Not only people but horses had to be evacuated. However, some horses still remain there. We are ready to provide any help possible to support the owners rescue their horses. 



We must provide shelters for horses that need to be evacuated, as well as for the rescued horses awaiting adoption. We must provide a minimum satisfactory environment for those horses in order to give their owners hope and relief. Many shelters will become necessary if access to the 30-kilometer area is to be restricted in the future, too.

For long term support, we also need a sanctuary for horses and ponies that are not suitable for adoption. We have already overseen 20 horses for adoption, but some horses and ponies are very difficult to handle. We need a place where we can provide training and lifetime care.



In Japan, JPY 30,000 (approximately US $375) per month is necessary to provide feed and minimum care for one horse. Our country is now in the midst of a great disaster and cannot raise enough money for the horses. We would like to ask for your warm support from overseas. Please help us save the horses in Minami Soma, Fukushima.


Very best regards,

Kyoko Numata
Chairperson of The Retired Horse Association


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Would you like to know more about the Soma Nomaoi?(Link to the official website of The Soma Nomaoi Executive Committee)

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