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Haiti’s Animals

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The aftershocks of Haiti’s massive earthquake are still reverberating. The human death toll estimates are in the tens of thousands, but no one has a clue how many animals have been hurt or killed. We know that you are as worried as we are, so please know that we are monitoring the situation and looking for opportunities to help in case they arise. Of course, it is a terribly difficult situation: Criminal acts abound and can only increase, the likelihood of martial law looms, and there is a severe water shortage. The outbreak of disease from contaminated water and broken sewer systems is sure to follow. There are no commercial flights in and out of Haiti, and there is no functional SPCA or humane organization on the island. But we are receiving information from PETA members’ families inside Haiti, and we will update you as to how you can help the island’s animals if we find a way.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, PETA teams rescued more than 300 cats, dogs, birds, and other animals and helped care for thousands more at emergency animal shelters. Of course, every day is a bad day for animals who are not often on people’s minds—like those in slaughterhouses and fur farms in the U.S. and overseas. Please, never forget them: They also need help. Meanwhile, please make sure that you and everyone you know is aware of how to protect your own animal companions by preparing for a natural disaster—before it strikes.

Thank you for thinking about animals in trouble.

This post by Logan Scherer  was originally published on The PETA Files.

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    Roxy says...

    January 15th, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Thank you for this timely reminder.

    Thiago says...

    January 15th, 2010, 2:27 pm

    Love work of Peta, eternal life for animals!

    Lauren says...

    January 15th, 2010, 2:41 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti along with my thoughts and prayers for the animals as well.

    Joyce Wood says...

    January 15th, 2010, 4:49 pm

    Thank God for an organization such as PETA!
    God created the animals too-they also have feelings!!

    Maria Meringolo says...

    January 15th, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Let’s hope the animals don’t suffer as it is likely that if the people of Haiti are waiting on aid, the animals are not in the equation. I hope the suffering of Hait’s people and animals is not long lasting.

    Fabio Lopez says...

    January 15th, 2010, 6:44 pm

    My heart goes out for these people and animals.

    May God bless people and animals. Animals and human were created by Him, so He can bless both.

    Fabio Lopez

    Carol Vella says...

    January 15th, 2010, 7:05 pm

    I wish I could be there to help all the unfortunates but I can not. I shall pray to my Creator for their safety and wellbeing.

    K.B. says...

    January 15th, 2010, 7:15 pm

    As always, Thank You PETA for caring for the hurt, scared, forgotten animals of Haiti, and always remembering those that have their Haiti tragedy everyday in slaughterhouses.

    Louise says...

    January 15th, 2010, 8:18 pm

    I cannot imagine the horror of what is happening in Haiti and realize that most can think of nothing but saving their families, rightfully so. Our prayers are with all there. Unfortunately, the many animals that are dead, injured, buried alive are not in the forefront of anyone’s thoughts but they also are in our prayers & hope that rescue teams can be there to help them as well. God be with everyone.

    Dina says...

    January 15th, 2010, 10:15 pm

    PETA, you are the best. we need these reminders and we need your noble work. i’ll always support you!

    ANNAMARIA SETTE DE PAOLIS says...

    January 16th, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Bad life on this planet for animals due to (humans) cruelty.
    And now this Haiti’s dire hearthquake sees once again human beings and … the others animals altogether facing desperately this horrific tragedy.
    You see: ‘… we are(really) all on the same boat …’
    We should be more gentle towards all humans and … the other animals:Yes, we can.

    Rick Thompson says...

    January 17th, 2010, 5:52 pm

    Before contributing to humanitarian relief efforts, it would be most helpful to know which (if any) relief organizations are consistent with our vegan ethics. It seems self-defeating to support one effort to alleviate suffering that might itself be contributing to on-going suffering. For example, are Red Cross donations used to purchase chicken? If so, my contribution to the Red Cross is also supporting the endless suffering on factory farms.

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