thousands of tragediesAccording to PETA, animal welfare groups are not being allowed into the disaster area to rescue abandoned and injured pets. And those already traumatized are being forced to leave beloved pets behind. Many of those evacuated are young and frightened, or elderly and ill, and many stayed behind to care for their animal friends--only to be forced to choose between their own survival and leaving their non-human friends to starve. Please use PETA's handy form to find your senators and representatives, and urge them to put pressure on FEMA to allow these animal rescuers to save at least a few of these four-legged victims. It's one small kindness in the face of insurmountable tragedy and despair.
I'm even going to paste in my maudlin message below, so if you like, copy and paste it into the web form that pops up through PETA's useful "find your representatives" link:
Please help to evacuate the animal victims of Katrina! Many elderly and destitute people have lost everything but their beloved animal friends. Others stayed in the wreckage for days rather than leave their pets to an awful death by starvation. Now I hear that people are being forced to abandon these same pets in order to be evacuated themselves. This is unconscionable, for the pets and their devastated human owners.
Please support efforts to allow animal relief agencies into New Orleans and other affected areas immediately, before this tragedy escalates further. This is still the United States--if any nation can demonstrate compassion for human and animal victims, it must be us.