Report from Iitate: The cattle

The Japanese government decided to slaughter cattle in the village of Iitate, one of the most contaminated areas outside the 20 kilometer-evacuation zone in Fukushima. For the cattle farmers, their cows are not just animals but more like their families. A photojournalist Takashi Morizumi documents their farewell.
“The ropes used to tied cows were still warm,” writes the photojournalist.
(posted on May 9th, 2011)
The farm lady says to her cows, “You worked very hard. Thank you very much.”
(posted on May 9th, 2011)
What’s happening to Iitate’s cows reminds the photojournalist of the story of the Ueno Zoo’s elephants, which were killed during World War II. He writes, “Fukushima is the battle ground of nuclear contamination now.”
(posted on May 18th, 2011)
Mr. Tanaka’s cows were taken away on this day. He was joking that his cow would be turned to ham, but his eyes were filled with tears, writes the photographer.
(photos taken on May 11th, 2011)