Tell the Department of State to Evacuate Companion Animals from Japan

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Originally Posted: 19 March 2011

Tell the Department of State to Evacuate Companion Animals from Japan

FROM  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

ACTION

Please contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ask that:

  1. People evacuating Japan be allowed to take their companion animals, regardless of size, with them.
  2. The State Department permanently change its official policy to allow pets to be evacuated, simultaneously with their families, from disaster areas.

Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
phone (202) 647-1579
phone 202-647-6575 Public Communication Division
online email form

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Once again, the U.S. Department of State is refusing to allow U.S. nationals evacuating a disaster zone, this time in Japan, to take their animal companions to safety. The official policy of the Department of State is that it does not evacuate pets. Please contact Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ask that the State Department allow Americans, without exception, to evacuate all their family members from Japan and from every future disaster area.

PETA agrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health veterinarians and others that "… a lack of plans and resources to evacuate 'incidental' pets with their owners has been known for decades to be a primary reason why citizens will refuse to evacuate in the face of imminent life-threatening danger." Unfortunately, when it comes to disasters, people who love their animals often pay with their own lives.

In response to PETA's February requests to Secretary Clinton to allow animals on U.S. government–chartered evacuation flights during the coup in Egypt, some animals were finally allowed on the last flight out of that country. While a promising, and temporary, start, PETA asks that all companion animals, regardless of size, be allowed safe transport out of Japan and any future disaster zone.


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