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“Our first priority was to save the people. As for the land and the animals, we contented ourselves with simple, drastic solutions. The gun for the dogs and cats, the shovel and the bulldozer for the land. These were our only weapons to fight radioactivity.” — Igor Kostin, photographer<br />
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Behind each fence in Ukrainian villages is often a chained dog, trained to protect the house. When villages were evacuated after the accident, people were ordered to leave behind their pets and livestock. One of the early jobs of liquidators was to shoot these dogs, cats, and cattle. Their fur was radioactive. In Fukushima, however, volunteers are rescuing pets.<br />
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This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s two long-term documentary photography projects, After Chernobyl and After Fukushima.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2013.<br />
www.afterchernobyl.com<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  2/2009    File#:  Canon 20D digital camera frame 9551<br />
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“Our first priority was to save the people. As for the land and the animals, we contented ourselves with simple, drastic solutions. The gun for the dogs and cats, the shovel and the bulldozer for the land. These were our only weapons to fight radioactivity.” — Igor Kostin, photographer

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