Disposal of Cattle in the Exclusion Zone
This chapter “Disposal of Cattle in the Exclusion Zone” analyzes the policy of the Japanese government on cattle in the exclusion zone. The government not only abandoned livestock animals but also ordered the cattle ranchers to dispose of their animals. Several ranchers refused to comply with the order and kept their cattle alive, bitterly splitting the ranchers’ community. Scientific studies of the surviving cattle thus far are inconclusive regarding the effects of low-level, long-term radiation on their health.