The devastation and loss of life from the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan and the Pacific region is tragic, and we can see the main streets of cities and villages every day on television and the internet. We can also hear about the financial impacts on the Japanese economy as a whole, as well as how the rest of the world will be effected by being without Japanese exports for a time as some manufacturers in the country are temporarily closed.
Working in the pet industry as I do, one of my immediate thoughts after seeing the disaster areas that were once cities is what sort of toll was taken on not only the pets of people caught up in the effects of this wreckage but also one of the things Japan is well known for…its koi farms. One of the areas of Japan known for koi farms is Niigata, which is far from the epicenter of the earthquake, but has still felt the effects. The region has felt aftershocks which are as strong as a small earthquake themselves, and while there has not been the utter destruction in the mountainous area of Niigata that has been seen in lower lying areas the impacts are not known for sure yet.
The Niigata region of Japan was recently covered by one of the heaviest snowfalls it has seen in decades. Normally this time of year the koi farms of that region would be highly active, with owners and staff out working on the mud ponds and holding areas where the koi reside but with the snow in place all the koi farmers can do is wait for a thaw to come. The biggest earthquake related concern for the Niigata farms is whether or not the mud ponds have become fractured by the earthquake and the aftershocks this region has gone through. A Mud pond has a smooth, hard bottom and if the pond is fractured it has to be repaired before it can be used but with this type of repair it isn’t a simple matter of slapping a patch on it and going on with business. A mud pond which must be repaired will most likely be out of commission for an entire koi season, which means complete loss of income from that pond for the year and no pond fish sold. While some farms have dozens or hundreds of ponds and they may just have a couple out of commission, there are smaller koi farmers with only a few ponds that could take a massive hit. Only time will tell.
In an effort to help out with the relief efforts in Japan, and with not only the cities of Japan in mind but also the small mountain villages and koi farms which may need assistance, we at PetSolutions have decided to give a portion of our koi sales as a donation to the Red Cross relief fund specifically for that area. The details are below, and I hope you will consider making a koi purchase with us and helping out our effort.
Beginning March 18th and running through June 30th, PetSolutions will be donating 10% of all live Koi sales to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief fund. This donation we will make to the Red Cross will support their efforts to aid victims of the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami throughout the Pacific. Every dollar we can give to this effort will help toward getting the region back on its feet. If you would like to aid us in this effort, and you are in need of some Koi to stock your pond, please consider shopping with us first.
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