"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
- C.S. Lewis
Once upon a time in Japan, Kobi beef cattle were
considered to be the most abused animals in the world.
In the United States, veal calves are confined for
20 torturous weeks so that their muscles will not
develop to toughen their soft flesh. In Japan, Kobi
cattle are kept in a similarly confined manner for
That "abuse" title has been passed to thousands of
abandoned cows and calves poisoned by radioactive
substances and allowed to continue living and suffering,
rather than being humanely euthanized.
Dairy cows and their calves have been abandoned
in the 12-mile zone surrounding the Fukushima
nuclear power plant in Japan for good reason.
These creatures were exposed to so much radioactive
fallout, that health officials realized that they
would need no barbecue grilling to glow.
The cows and their offspring have been uncared for
during these past 22 months and have roamed free
after the March 11, 2011 accident.
A team of research scientists have published an
analyses of 79 of these creatures which were killed
for this study. Their research data was published in
the February 1, 2013 issue of PLOS-One (Public Library
of Science). Fukuda, et. al., determined that calves
born after the accident have radioactive concentations
150 percent greater than their mothers.
Fish caught within that zone have radioactive levels
more than 2,000 times Japan's legal limit for
radioactive seafood consumption. No samples of
gargantuan reptiles were analyzed for the study.
"It is better to die than to preserve this life by
incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a
moment's grief, but disgrace brings grief every
day of one's life."