Sunday, September 4, 2005

thousands of tragedies

According 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:

Dear Senator/Representative:

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.

Sincerely,
Your constituent


Please.

10 Comments:

At 12:13 AM , Anonymous Flippy said...

Thanks for the letter. It made it easier to write to my senators and all I had to do was add a little bit for Senator Ensign, who is actually vet. While I'm not thrilled with his general politics, he does seem to care for animals.

 
At 6:57 AM , Anonymous ehj2 said...

Dear fellow animal lover,

Done. I'm surprised that we don't all think of dogs as people -- or have such difficulty seeing the divinity in all life.

I've observed this under many different circumstances: people who are cruel and "selfist" are not satisfied to be cruel by themselves; they want to force you to be cruel too, and will misuse their authority (when they have it) to make others hardened.

It would require little additional effort to allow people to save their pets. America is a "culture of life," correct? I don't think we should count on that to mean what we want it to mean.

p.s. I found a one sentence poem this morning, looking for something else. I take comfort in it.

"We live in a rainbow of chaos."
Paul Cezanne

We're all part of this rainbow. There are endless disasters throughout the world every day. And yet all will be well. All will be well.

That's what I think.

 
At 8:26 PM , Anonymous sly said...

check out this website:
http://www.noahswish.com/

Noah's Wish is a not-for-profit, animal welfare organization, with a straightforward mission. We exist to keep animals alive during disasters.

 
At 7:09 PM , Blogger shrinkykitten said...

Thank you for posting this. I heard very scary news that there is a plan to kill all animals this weekend. I thus emailed everyone urging them to step in. I really really hope this doesn't happen.

 
At 9:43 PM , Anonymous Flippy said...

They've started killing people's pets. Here's a thread at Petfinder where they're discussing it. http://forums.petfinder-network.com/viewtopic.php?t=74177

The video is horrible. I've tried to avoid watching the pet stories because they bother me a lot more than the people stories. They're so helpless.

I have four dogs, four cats and six parrots - if they shot my pets, I'd end up facing a murder trial.

 
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