Kobi Grief
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from All-Creatures.org


January 2013

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 180 weeks.

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.
- Chanakya

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