Japan vs. The Radioactive Pigs

It sounds like the title of a B rated science fiction movie, one that would feature giant pigs attacking Tokyo or fighting Godzilla. But all kidding aside this is no movie nor is fiction – the problem is real. I know we have a huge pig problem United States the one in Japan has some unique challenges.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused a large chuck of land to be poisoned by highly radioactive caesium-137. Problem is no one told the wildlife to evacuate, as a result thousands of pigs have become contaminated and Japan has absolutely no way of dealing with them.

The most effective way would be for hunters to kill the pigs, but that may not be as easy as it sounds. Japan has some of the most restrictive firearm laws in the world. Not do these laws apply to the regular citizens but they also apply to the wildlife biologists and natural resource managers. In other words they have no means to hunt these pigs.

According to Dr. Mark Smith, a forestry and wildlife professor at Auburn University, “Although [recreational] hunting does occur in Japan, it is very limited, band hunter numbers are declining by the year, so there are fewer and fewer hunters out there harvesting wild boar.”

Not having the hunters or firearms available to kill the pigs is not the only issue. They also have the issue of the meat from the contaminated pigs. Pretty much there is no way to make radioactive pork safe for people to eat. The carcasses must be incinerated and then sealed in containers to prevent further contamination.

So it looks like Japan’s nuclear pig problem is only going to get worse. They do not have the means to control them and they also do not have the incentive. Who knows how it will play out, but it will not be solved anytime soon.

For the complete press release click HERE