Wallabi's Farm: The English Hototogisu Bakery and Farm Blog

Hello, my name is Sara. In 2005 my husband and I bought an old farmhouse in Okayama, borrowed a few fields and set to building ourselves a pleasant rural life. Now, several years on, we have fields a-plenty, what was until the end of 2012 a wheaty bread bakery and is now prepping to be a gluten-free space, and have incorporated our efforts into the Hototogisu Bakery and Farm. Welcome!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

An open letter to the unnecessarily rude persons flocking to comment on my husband's blog

Over the last few days, someone has been directing traffic to my husbands blog for (evidently) the purpose of making unnecessarily rude and alarmist and...well...I feel like I should be kinder, but it has been a long week...poorly informed and illogically argued comments about our decision to adopt those 80 chickens from Fukushima Prefecture. Our lovely, healthy and happy "hanashigai" Henriettas. Of course, those comments are all in Japanese, so I am wasting my breath here, as it were, but the exercise has relieved my mind a bit.

Now, I understand, believe me I do, that people are concerned about what goes into their food. I am, myself (hence the farm and bakery). And I understand (again, believe me, I do), that there was a nuclear accident and that the very idea is terrifying. So terrifying, that many people have difficulty considering it with any degree of rational thought. On the whole, I think that is understandable; it is an invisible threat that is utterly beyond our individual control. Fear is a pretty sound response, really.

However, that is not a good enough reason for us as a community to make poor and irresponsible choices. And having been against nuclear power from the beginning does not entitle you to turn your back on the consequences of this accident. My heart still breaks when I think of people being turned away by their families in the wake of the disaster because of fears of radioactivity. To me, that is completely understandable, but not at all acceptable, and that is how I am coming to feel about much of what I have seen and heard in the last several months. Yes, personal safety and the safety of ones children are primary concerns, but there is some point when the dangers of overreacting begin to overshadow the actual nuclear threat. Or when following our fears instead of rational and compassionate thought lead us to make irresponsible decisions. I have a healthy fear of damage from the nuclear disaster, but I am beginning to worry that the fallout from our collectively turning our backs on the people, businesses and farmers in the north is going to do more damage to our community in the long run.

But I digress. What I am getting at is that in my opinion, leaving the flock of beautiful Henriettas to slowly starve to death simply because they had a low level of radiation exposure would have been one such irresponsible move. Yet, people who (presumably) believe themselves to be good and kind people, have surged over to my husbands blog to demand that we...well, I can't quite see what it is they want us to do. Cause the chickens to disappear? Go back in time and refuse to give them a home? "yamete kudasai" seems to be the most polite thing they have to say, and I am having trouble finding any points raised which I can address with any degree of seriousness.

Given that we have gone out of our way to label all of the egg- containing bread, as well as have printed up and distributed flyers announcing our new flock and sharing their history and test results, and have a slew of photos and posts up on the blog, I don't think we can fairly be accused of hiding our formerly-of-Fukushima hens. And since the amount of cesium carried in their poor little bodies (if all eighty were weighed up and counted together) upon arrival was roughly 1800 becquerels, an amount quite possibly exceeded by any four kilograms of any food on any grocery store shelf, I don't think suggestions that we are creating a toxic dump site can be taken seriously. About what, then, does one object?

Rationally thinking, I cannot fathom it. However, if I try really hard I can get in touch with the more patient part of my brain (hard to do at 11:30 on a Sunday after a long weekend), and I can see that these people really, earnestly believe that we are doing something awful. I do not agree with them, of course, but I suppose that must be what they think. In singling us out, then, I presume that they are supposing that all of the rest of the food out there is actually 100% radiation free. Rude commenters: listen up please: it is not. Not all of it. It cannot be. Agricultural and ingredient supply chains encompass the whole country. You object to my eggs, but have you asked about, say, the milk that goes into the bread at another bakery? You only know about my eggs because I have told you, completely voluntarily, because I believe in your right to make your own decisions. You might do well to remember that just because your whole wheat muffins from another shop are made in Okayama does not mean that they are not made with milk or butter from all those cows who live up north. And, if it is, given the abuse we have so publicly received, do you suppose they are going to tell you?

106 Comments:

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Dot B said...

Some people as so full of hate and fear that they can not understand how others live. So sorry you are on the receiving end of this silly hatred. If I were in Japan, I'd visit your bakery to show my support in person. :)

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would eat your goods, and even if I did not want to, I wouldn't waste my time being hateful about it on a blog. People should act like grown ups.

 
At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JEARS sent me! hang in there. you are much respected and appreciated. i agree with everything Dot B said. god bless you.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Katherine said...

I think you have done a wonderful thing by adopting these chickens. If I ever get an opportunity to visit Japan in the future, I will be sure to drop by your bakery :]. I hope those are sending hateful messages will learn to see the bigger picture. Hang in there!

 
At 11:38 AM, Anonymous karlina said...

all the way from a shakey Christchurch,New Zealand, you have my full support and gratitude for taking on 80 innocent lives. people who knock you for what your doing are idiots, and you my friends are doing the right thing!! hang in there :)

 
At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It saddened me to read your post and I can only hope these nasty posts stop. I cannot believe people can be so horrible. Thank you for your kindness in taking these feathered friends in and I too would also eat and buy from your bakery.

 
At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

Ignorance often leads to hate...and misinformation to closed-mindedness. You were honest in disclosing where the chickens were from, which means you have nothing to hide. So glad the chickens are with you now, but sad that once again humans are proving themselves to be the inferior species.

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger TheFrogBag said...

How kind of you to adopt the chickens! Really a first class move, and one you should be proud of. It makes me feel better knowing that there are people like you in the world! Also, shame on those that can't accept such a generous act.

 
At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here from the JEARS link. Thank you for everything you guys do and are doing.

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish i lived closer so I could come to your bakery and buy your products to show people I'm not afraid. Bless your heart for taking in the 80 chickens who needed a home. Since you have nothing to do with nuclear power or stations, the person posting nasty messages is just being hateful to a kind person. My name is Gail B.

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger leo said...

People like you are the ones who change the world, bit by bit... you a example to follow!

Ignorant people are everywhere... let them be... people who write hatefull comments are just sad people who don't know how to give and get love, so they spread the hate... all we can do is give them our best... our love.

Don't feed the trolls.

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Loving, Living and Learning said...

I love that you tested them and then treated them the way I would have wanted you to treat my chickens, with love and respect. And giving them a purpose again! You are a rockstar! Thank you!!

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Here's hoping those sad, stupid people who are harassing you one day know pointless lack of civility as targets and feel enough regret to maybe mend their idiotic ways. Take heart, a lot of people you don't even know support you. Best of luck!

 
At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How stupid and ignorant some people are. Your products are labelled; they are not required to buy or eat them. You are doing the right thing by showing compassion to these chickens. Don't worry about your detractors; karma will get them in the long run. Who has time to waste on hate and irrationality when life is so short?

 
At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard about what you are going through. I think what you did was wonderful. You have been smart in checking to make sure things are safe and doing a good deed at the same time. Hang in there!

 
At 12:01 PM, OpenID zacloud said...

I'm sorry that people are condemning you guys for such a good deed. Please know that a great deal support you guys, and are very grateful, even if they don't leave positive messages.

You guys did a wonderful thing, and are being thorough and careful, so I applaud you guys, and hope that things will smooth out soon. I wish you all the best of luck.

Thank you for giving these hens a wonderful life, and people delicious food.

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Nana Ill from NYC said...

Thank you to people like you for giving those chickens a better life now and making use of their produce. Many people in this world are ignorant & too bad they're near you. Dont worry, just keep on doing what you do.. I support you all the way! God bless! Ganbatte!!!

 
At 12:04 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Sara, don't let the negative comments get you down. You are doing a wonderful thing. You've got a larger world behind you! Thank you for what you are doing!

Barbara, USA

 
At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Mag said...

1800 becquerels is 0.05 microcuries on the old scale. I used to work with hundreds of times this on a daily basis. Your detractors show their scientific ignorance. Thank you for saving the Henriettas. Best wishes from Australia.

 
At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Sara, What a wonderful thing that you have done by adopting the chickens and giving them an environment where they are free to roam. Sadly there will always be people in the world who are filled with nothing but negativity.
Full support and gratitude from me in Australia.
Many blessings to you, your family and the chooks xxxx Ganbatte

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your compassion and tollerance of people. You are much more understanding than I am able to be of peoples ignorance and fears. As a JEARS volunteer for 3 mths (two just spent down in Tokushima at HEART) I was lucky to be able to eat your eggs for breakfast everyday - courtesy of my dear friend Junko and I did so without the least bit of worry! You are a hero in our world for stepping up and taking all those chickens in and giving them a good home! I can't thank you enough.

 
At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

I read about your situation on the JEARS page and it is heartbreaking. Thank you for giving the chickens a home and standing by them. All food manufacturers should be as transparent as you. Most people have no idea where their food come from. I would support your bakery and farm, and thanks again for being a humane hero and an honest businesswoman.

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also saw the JEARS link and would like to commend you for standing your ground and for taking the chickens. If only people would realize ALL food has radiation in it. I recently watched a documentary where they measured the radiation in all foods at the grocery... Over reaction can be an opportunity for education. I hope you can educate the ignorant, rude people that attacked you unjustly.

 
At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Jenni said...

thank you for giving these chickens a well-deserved new home! don't listen to any of those horrible ill-informed people who have nothing better to do than make rude comments..hang in there, and i hope theres some lovely karma heading your way :)

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger Team Bo Rho said...

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for adopting these hens. It takes people with love and compassion to want to care for the creatures god has put on this earth. What you are doing is a beautiful thing. Thank you.

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck, I saw this on JEARS! what you've done is a great thing! I think its wonderful, and hope you get tons of business in the future :)

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard about your amazing decision to adopt the chickens who suffered such a horrible tragedy. Not only are you deserving of an award for your kindness and heart, you deserve to be held in the highest regard. I am a fan of JEARS on Facebook and read about your story. I am not only thanking you from Canada for your actions, but applauding you for your effort. More people should be like you (and the others involved). If I could, I would be at your bakery tomorrow stuffing my face :) Bless you! You are amazing!

 
At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These people don't know anything about radiation exposure pathways and the very, very low risk associated with low level radiation. The offspring (eggs) are not radioactive. If a chicken or a person were radioactive enough to be a danger to others, they would be dead within days after the disaster. And I am sure your chickens don't glow in the dark.
Even if PEOPLE were exposed to what the chickens were they would be fine and probably die of something else long before radiation-induced cancer had time to form.
I can't believe the fear that ignorance breeds. You'd think they want to educate themselves on what happened in their country rather than run around screaming and panicking.

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

So many things to say but those trolls are not worth the time or the energy.

Please know there are more people that supports you and your husband for all that you're doing. And I hope you can take even the smallest comfort in that. Thank you.

 
At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang tough! You did a wonderful thing adopting those chickens, and many of us are so proud of you!

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger Sparky St Timexx said...

Thank you for your great compassion in adopting the Fukushima "Henrietta's". I would gladly eat the bakery's goods. People need to overcome their uneducated fears and unnecessary cruelty.

PLease continue to do your amazing work, and know that there are many who send their prayers and appreciation.

Thank you for being human beings with true heart. The chickens would thank you if they could speak, but since they cannot, simply consider their eggs, their thanks.

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Michelle de Seattle said...

Is it that hard to learn about science? I know that my smoke detector emits radiation but I don't look at it with horror and fear, and I wouldn't shun people who also had a smoke detector in their house. Bananas are also slightly radioactive, yet I don't slap them out of children's hands when I see them eating bananas in a restaurant and I don't avoid them in the store for fear of getting sick. Radiation is something we can measure and quantify. These chickens are not dangerous by any stretch of the imagination. Let any kindness you show to a homeless person or animal be multiplied a thousand times, for the world is desperately short of kindness these days.

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what you have done is so humane and kind, i'm so sorry you are experiencing this lashback. i hope it will pass as more information is made available to people, and they know that your humane activities are not harmful to them, nor do they impact on their private choices.
Chin up! :)
love to your bakery and your beautiful hens from South Korea

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Ter-o-fla said...

sending supportive thoughts your way. you are doing the right thing and there are surely more people who think well of and support you than the trolls. Hang in there. :)

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw an interview with Dr. Michio Kaku explaining that we ALL have radiation from Chernobyl in our bodies, and we are all now Fukushima guinea pigs. we've all been exposed and will continue to be, mostly without even knowing it. there is a lot of invisible pollution out there. it's natural to want to protect ourselves. but we all still have to live on the planet and take care of it & be good to each other. people like you are doing the right thing. thank you for your acts of love & courage.

 
At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

You have a wonderful heart, stay strong as you have the support of many others. Greetings from San Francisco.

 
At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Michelle from HK said...

Jears sent me here too!!! After reading your blog I can't help but shed my tears. Many thanks for what you've done to those lovely creatures~ Those chickens are victims of the earthquake, and luckily they are saved by very nice people like you. As their eggs are tested and are proved to be safe to eat, those hateful messages only turn out to be meaningless and illogical. In the end, we all live in the same world, and love should link us up together, instead of hate.

Totally understand and support you Sara!!! Continue and don't give up!!!

Michelle

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Followed JEARS link. Thank you for saving the chickens! You have a good heart. Hang in there! I would eat your baked goods.

 
At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for caring for these chickens! I appreciate your generosity and totally support your efforts to care for them! Cheers to you!

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Brigid said...

How much, do you suppose, would it cost to ship some of your wonderful baked goods to St. Louis, Missouri, USA?

 
At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Rhi said...

Sounds like people are acting hysterical! You did something really kind by adopting those chickens, and it's foolish of people to ignore evidence and just make up their own mind, and even worse for them to leave hateful comments. Hang in there! Much love from Australia.

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Joanna said...

Thank you for taking in the chickens. If I lived closer, I would most certainly buy from your shop! The fact that you label the items shows that you are a caring and understanding person. I wish there were more people like you in the world.

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll admit, I'm pretty uptight about where my food comes from ( I choose not to eat factory farmed eggs); that said, I would have no problems what so ever eating anything that you make which contains eggs from these hens. In fact, I actually feel safer - the tests have been done and all these gorgeous hens are happy free rangers, eating all the good stuff to make fantastic eggs!

It rocks you gave these chickens a home - power on!

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for taking in the hens! I so wish I still lived in Japan! I would be at your bakery tomorrow to stock up and thank you in person for your kindness.

 
At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

JEARS supporters support you! Thank you for taking in the chickens, thank you for allowing your customers to make informed choices, and thank you for not giving in to this fear-induced bullying. Hang in there!

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to a JEARS post on our FB page, we are sending you this message of support, from some new friends in Michigan. Thank you for taking the time to label your foods and present your thoughtful arguments. We wish you well.
Regards,
the Ham Fam(ily)

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JEARS sent me too - I am a chicken raiser (12 hens, 2 roosters) living in Hawaii who was SO happy when I learned that poor flock had found a good home. Just know that there are always MANY more people who are thinking good thoughts but may not be commenting. Don't let the negative ones wear you down!

 
At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank you truly from my heart for taking those lives into yours, and for informing people of what you are doing and what type of products you are selling. We need more people like you. If I were in Japan, I would come to your shop as often as I could.

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Jeneko said...

As one of the volunteers who had the pleasure of meeting these amazing ladies while they were living in Fukushima and also having to watch one of them die from heat stroke, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking them in. They are such sweet and loving birds (who knew chickens could like back scratches?) and you giving them the chance at a normal life is so incredibly amazing and admirable.
I'm sorry there are inconsiderate people who do not see the wonder of what you have done.

 
At 6:14 PM, Anonymous hellojj said...

JEARS sent me too. I agree with earlier comment, 'bless your hearts for taking in those hens'! You really are great! I'm so sorry that you have to endure such ignorance and hope that it won't take long for things to settle down. Please keep up your good work.

 
At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

Well done for rescuing these chucks! What a great job you have done

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the Japanese blog and I can tell those idiots are losers.
Doing good thing is unacceptable in Japan.
I've been harassed because I've been rescuing animals.
You are doing good thing and you should be proud of that.

 
At 8:50 PM, Anonymous JEARS Tim said...

I just want to offer my support. I was with JEARS rescuing animals from Fukushima ken back at the end of March. What JEARS has done to rescue the chickens and you have very bravely done in taking them on has all my respect.

Please try to ignore the rude and ignorant and continue to do what you do.

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Sandi said...

JEARS sent me and I wanted to say I fully support what you are doing! The care you give to the chickens is so important when compared to all the suffering so many animals have gone through. Thank you for caring and I hope your business gets the positive attention it deserves!

 
At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JEARS sent me here and i'm sorry to hear that you've had to deal with such ignorance and hate when you're just doing a good thing by taking in those chickens. don't let those fools get you down! keep up the great work and all the best! :)

- j

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Barbara C said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the negativity directed at you, when all you have done is save those lovely chickens and let them live a healthy life with you. But I can imagine how living in the aftermath of a nuclear accident will cause stress and anguish to be expressed in anger rather than in thanks. I hope they come to realise what good you are doing and support you.......... wishing Ireland was a bit closer to try your breads, they look delicious :)

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Gina said...

Thank you for helping the chickens. People are so irrational!

 
At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We constantly hear from people who claim to value life. You have demonstrated by your actions that you really do. This is actually quite a brave thing to do, and, unfortunately, bound to cause a reaction.

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Camila Guerrero said...

Please hang in there! You made the right choice by adopting those animals and giving them a second chance in life! If the world were full of people like u, it would be a better place! All my support and blessings goes to you!!

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am from shakey Christchurch too. Feel really heartened by you and your husband's decision to adopt the chickens, what a wonderful and kind thing to do. Ignore the nasty comments, some ill informed people are ignorant and don't know any better. You are awesome!

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger Truffle56 said...

I am so sorry to hear of the abuse. Just know that for every person who is abusive there are many others who know you have done the right thing. Hoping you, your husband and the Henriettas are happy despite this distressing event.

 
At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sara, I'm a Jears follower and writing from the U.S. The world needs more people like you and your husband. You've opened your home to animals in need and been honest in your business, two actions I admire greatly and traits I would love to see more of in people. Contamination results were negative and the products are labelled. If people lack the faith to believe in their safety, the choice is simple, they need not buy and consume them. That they lack your integrity and moral character may well be another reason.

Hold your chin up and stay strong. You have many more admirers than you realize!

Deb S.
Boston MA

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Thank you all so much for your kind words. It was wonderful to come home from a chilly days work and find so many nice people had stopped by to brighten my day!! I appreciate it very very much, and am looking forward to sharing your comments with the other Hototogisu folks tomorrow. :) :) :)

 
At 9:56 PM, Blogger Van Baltao said...

God Bless, I am happy that there are people like you who are willing to shelter animals in need.

Do not fear, these people have nothing better to do with their lives, that's why.

 
At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Online anonymity seems to feed idiocy. As a resident of Japan too I get the part about being worried about what you eat here. It's a daily struggle. Your chickens and their eggs are not something I worry about anymore though. Thanks for taking them in and making information about them available. Your bread looks delicious too by the way!

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Sue said...

Hang in there....I think it's a wonderful thing that you have adopted these chickens so in need and like you said you have gone out of your way to fully disclose the information about your eggs. Having previously lived in Japan for 8 yrs, (I'm now back in Canada) I know how extremely frustrating it can be for people to change their way of thinking. I wonder if you should have translated the last part of your blog with regards to where for example the milk comes, if not for any other reason but to make people think about it! Good luck and again thanks for being there for those hens.

 
At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read about your chickens on the Jears page on FB. Don't let those people get you done. You have done a wonderful thing by adopting the chickens!

 
At 10:32 PM, Blogger m. said...

Your kindness in taking in all those chickens is incredible!
You know, there are always people who will critisize anything when they are scred. They don't know where to express their fear , therefore all they can do is to send nasty mails or anything to annoy you.
You did the right thing ans we support you!
Please be strong and continue your great work!

 
At 11:03 PM, Blogger Lynn Johnson said...

Thank you and your husband for the compassion you've shown to the chickens.
If only there were more people like you and less of the illogical variety!

All good fortune to you all!

 
At 11:23 PM, Anonymous purple said...

If I were in Japan, I would definitely buy from your lovely bakery. Don't give up in doing what you believe.

 
At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Jenny said...

Thank you for rescuing the Henriettas. You did a truly good and wonderful thing.

 
At 11:58 PM, Blogger lanersg said...

Thank you so much for adopting the flock. Please ignore the haters, you are doing a wonderful thing for the animals.

 
At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Amy said...

Stay strong! Humans make me sad with their actions towards each other, animals, and our environment. Then I read about people doing action like yours and it makes me smile and think we're ok. The people being hateful to you are dim and can piss off!!

 
At 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think what you did was amazing. You saved so many lives. Some people are just nasty and don't care about anyone other then themselves. Stay strong because for every person out there that says something negative, there are a lot more that are behind you and support you. You will come through this much better on the other side. Best of luck with everything and know that if I was there, I would be shopping your bakery all the time!

 
At 1:11 AM, Blogger Jill said...

I think it's a lovely thing you're doing. I don't suppose you ship? I'd buy your products.

 
At 1:43 AM, Blogger Antje said...

Wow this is just insane... People can be so irrational sometimes. :-( Hang in there, keep informing them, patiently, even if it hurts and insults your intelligence.
I love that you adopted the chickens, and I'm sure they love you for that, too. What a kind, wonderful thing to do!

 
At 2:10 AM, Anonymous Izumi said...

Thank you so much for adopting 80 hens, treating them with love and respect, taking so much of your time to make sure their eggs are safe, and for working so hard to correct people with wrong understandings about radioactive contamination!
サラさんが、受け入れた鶏たちに対してどれだけの愛情を持って、どれだけの時間と労力を費やして安全を確認し、公表し、安心して自分のベーカリーで使えるまでに至ったかを、もっと沢山の地域の人に理解してほしいです。
サラさんは、本当に真剣にこのことと向き合い、正しくない知識を持った人たちからの中傷に心を痛めていらっしゃいます。
放射能汚染は、恐ろしいことですが、それに関して間違った知識で批判することはもっと怖いことだと思います! 
サラさんの本気の努力に私たちも「調べる努力」で向かい合いましょう^-^

 
At 2:23 AM, Anonymous Katydid said...

Keep up the good work and be very proud of your flock. I'd eat your baked goods any day before I'd eat GMO based foods. Unfortunately, there will always be ignorant people who will give you a "piece of their mind", even when they can't afford it. Just know there are many more people who support what you're doing than there are detractors.

 
At 3:31 AM, Blogger Chío said...

頑張ってください!!!!
It is very noble of your part not just to let them die; to stand up to the challenge and show that there are still awesome people out there. You are heroes that make a difference in the lives another being. I salute you for your compassion.
Do you ship overseas? You should!

 
At 4:07 AM, Blogger Nikki said...

I would just like to say that I applaud your honesty in taking in the chickens, as well as the fact that you took them in in the first place! I lived in Japan for several years and I found the Japanese to be lovely. I suppose their reaction to you just proves that nobody is perfect under the combined strain of fear and uncertainty.
Sorry you are being hassled!Good luck to you!

 
At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I also wanted to say thank you on behalf of those lovely chickens!! I think that you did an awesome thing giving them a loving new forever home after all the suffering they've been through by being left behind! I'm sooo sorry to hear/read that good people like you are facing such hatred - where did society come to?? If I didn't live in Germany I'd buy your products too. In times of (unfortunately) mass productions - and the pain and suffering for the animals that comes with it - it's so awesome that there are still people who think about the animals and I think that should be rewarded and not fought...I wish you all the best for your business in the future and I hope that those hard times will be over soon and you, your husband and the chickens can live happily again ;) keep up the good work!!

 
At 7:56 AM, Anonymous David Wybenga said...

This is David from Japan Cat Network. I'm sorry that people are making you feel bad for being brave and doing the right thing. What can we do to support you?

 
At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have done a great and noble thing. Keep up the good work, there are many people who support you and have the greatest respect for what you are doing.

 
At 11:00 PM, Anonymous L Hood in the U.S. said...

You are true heroes for adopting the chickens and providing them with a great life. If I am ever in Japan, I will gladly purchase and eat products from your farm/bakery. Please know that despite the ignorance that exists, you have support from all over the world. May the universe bring you nothing but happiness.

 
At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Molly V. said...

Thank you for giving these chickens a new and wonderful home. I wish I lived closer than Kyoto so that I could visit your bakery and buy products made with their eggs. If I am ever in Okayama, I'll be sure to stop by.

 
At 3:32 AM, Anonymous sheila339 said...

I'm so sorry...
同じ日本人として恥ずかしいです。
放射能について、過敏になっている人たちが多いのですが、その人達は怒りをぶつける相手を間違えています。

あなた方を応援している人もたくさんいます。忘れないで下さい。
どうぞ、くじけないで!
美味しいパンを作り続けて下さい。

 
At 3:35 AM, Blogger Sylvia said...

Thank-you for rescuing so many dear "orphan" chickens! If I lived near you, I would certainly want to shop at your bakery. With so much cruelty to animals in the world, it is wonderful to see that someone is helping them. I hope you will feel a bit better knowing that someone as far away as Canada supports what you are doing.

 
At 3:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that what I think you are doing is both responsible and compassionate. :)

 
At 3:29 AM, Anonymous anita said...

This is so positive!! I will eat your goods anytime. All I can say is....thank you for standing up!!

 
At 3:40 AM, Blogger Rossana said...

My home is in europe (Portugal), far away from all the problems Japan is facing, and therefore decisions are easy to make while seating comfortably at my home. But one thing is for sure, if I was there I would drive myself to your bakery and buy your products because I really think your are doing a god thing and you get all my support.
Don't let them get to you!
You are doing the right thing!

 
At 3:46 AM, Blogger Hermyoni said...

I think it is great you rescued these chickens and I only wish I lived in Japan and could taste some of the Bakery items you make from them. Eventually people will understand these chickens are no threat to them and if they dont and choose to live in ignorance then you should be comforted that you at least tried to get them to understand.

 
At 5:03 AM, Blogger DeArmasA said...

Congratulations on a) taking the hens in - I was volunteering at the Inawashiro shelter as the deal was coming together and I know how happy you and your husband made Susan, Selena and everyone involved b) full disclosure to your customers - here in the US, one has to work SO hard to know where food comes from and what is in it. I too would happily buy your products! Don't let "them" get you down!

 
At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so you know, we are all with you, supporting in our way, if we can't be there with you, we're sending prayers and always wishing for the best. God bless you for such beautiful soul and for taking all these lives and taking care of them. I'm sure chickens can be thankful too!

 
At 6:54 AM, Blogger Leonora Sophie said...

What you have done to help JEARS is nothing short of spectacular. People can be so driven by negativity these days that they cannot see the silver lining out there. Those chickens needed the home that you gave them and it is an amazing home! Well done!
I can't wait to visit Okayama one of these days soon!!
much love & respect! Lee

 
At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I lived there so I could buy your delicious baked bread EVERYDAY! Ignore the haters. They're too stupid to know any better. Keep on keepin' on!

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

read about you saving the chickens on JEARS page and wanted to express my support for you and you family. It was such a noble thing to do. Nobody deserves to be abandoned and die from starvation. Thank you so much for everything you are doing there!

 
At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You having saved those feathered gals makes you my hero :)

Don't let those who would choose to do nothing, deter those of us who choose to do more.

 
At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a GREAT thing you have done! I'm a supporter of JEARS and commend you & your family for taking in the chickens that were saved, and for the peace of mind you have given to the previous owners who had no control of their situation.

 
At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Amanda said...

I live in Yamagata, in a very rural area, surrounded by farmers. The food grown here is in, it is tested and perfectly safe for cusumption, yet the farmers are suffering because of the same fear. I really hope people stop with the abuse and educate themselves. I understand their fear, I live 150km from the power plant! I truly understand how scary it can be, but what you did was a wonderful thing! Those hens deserve a happy home. I hope your bakery gets through this and I will make sure to visit you the next time I'm in the area. Hang in there, youre not alone!

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger nadene said...

Good for you for adopting those chickens!!! I have chicken envy :)If I lived in Japan, I would come to your bakery and buy your products (and visit your hens). Keep up the good work, and ignore the nastiness.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger jsk said...

Sara, I just wanted to say thank you for taking in these animals and giving them a safe and loving home. It takes a lot for someone to do that for one animal, let alone 80. Sadly, ignorance and intolerance are nothing new, and continue to plague our world. It saddens me that anyone can take your kind act and twist it into something so hate-filled. I would gladly eat any of your products, which look fantastic. If you ever open a branch in the U.S., please let me know. Thank you again, from one animal lover to another.

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Avlea said...

It sounds like these individuals are very backwoods in their thinking. Thank you for taking in these birds; what an act of kindness and generosity.

 
At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Jays said...

Supporting you all the way from Singapore! You seem like great people and thank you so much for rescuing these chickens. <3 I'm sorry that some people were harassing you for doing so, but keep in mind that many many more people have your back ;)

 
At 10:17 PM, Blogger TenThousandThings said...

Hi Sara,

I would eat any of your delicious and wholesome food too, without fear, and I'm an organic, health-food obsessive.

I just read about your adoption at JEARS on FB at posted at our blog, Ten Thousand Things, which focuses on the culture of peace.

Everything you do is about peace at its most profound. I put your blog in our "community" links and your bakery in our peace economy links (which will be revamped for restaurants and food in the coming months).

Love the way you live and your blog, which is so cozy and warm, Jean Downey (along with co-bloggers Kim Hughes and Jen Teeter)

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Many thanks again, for everyone who took the time to come by and share kind words here. Both the humans and the hens appreciate it!!

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Jean, I"ve just been poking around on your website and am very impressed with how much you have gathered there. Thanks so much for sharing the link, and for adding us in. I am looking forward to following you and looking back through what you have done in the past.

 

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