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Project Hope, a project of the international animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals (IDA), is calling on state officials to allow animal protection groups permission to enter disaster stricken areas of Mississippi. The group, which has set up a rescue and recovery effort at the County Fairgrounds in Jackson along with Mississippi Emergency Response for Animals (MEPA) and the Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) to help animals affected by Hurricane Katrina, is prepared to venture into areas affected by the storm and deliver medical assistance and supplies, yet is being halted by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

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"We understand we could be facing dangerous situations and that precautions need to be taken. We appreciate measures being taken to ensure our safety," says Project Hope Director, Doll Stanley. "But we are sitting here in a parking lot with a truckload of supplies waiting for permission to utilize our resources while animals are dying for lack of food and water."

The Project Hope team secured a generous donation of supplies for the rescue operation from PETsMART charities including food, carriers and crates to house animals at the rescue center, as well as to transport animals to shelters and foster homes. While the group awaits permission to use the highway to help animals in need, news media outlets are reporting distraught evacuees being forced to leave their beloved animal companions behind and some even having animals euthanized for fear of their welfare once turned over to authorities.

Please contact the following state officials and politely urge them to allow IDA and other animal protection organizations into stricken areas and administer their much-needed assistance. Be sure to thank them for taking necessary precautions, but let them know that it is time to allow rescue workers who are willing to risk their safety do what they came to do.

Congressman Chip Pickering
110-D Airport Rd
Pearl, MS 39208
Tel.: (601) 932-2410
Online comment form: http://www.house.gov/pickering/Form.htm

James Watson, D.V.M., Director
Mississippi State Board of Animal Health
P.O. Box 3889
Jackson, MS 39207
Tel.: (601) 359-1160
Fax: (601) 359-1177
Email: JimW@mdac.state.ms.us

Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, MS 39205
Tel.: (601) 359-3150
Fax: (601) 359-3741

IDA has established a Hurricane Katrina Animal Relief Fund to finance transportation, food for animals and volunteers, and to repair the damage done by the storm at the Project Hope sanctuary. Any funds exceeding the Project Hope team's expenses will be donated directly to the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans, which has been hit hard by the storm. IDA is accepting donations to support its relief efforts on its web site or by mail. Send checks to: Hurricane Relief, c/o In Defense of Animals, 131 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

Originally posted to Oy the Billybumbler on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:03 PM PDT.

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  •  Hurrah! (4.00)
    The work you are doing is so important and I stand behind you 100%.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  My fingers are dialing....

    "Who knows but that which seems omitted today, waits for tomorrow?" Kahlil Gibran

    by Bodean on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:20:20 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    for this diary.  I gave to the Humane Society Animal Relief Fund but I'll probably give some to the IDA too.  If they are treating the humans like animals, think of how they must be treating the animals.
  •  i'm sorry, but fuck animals (1.60)
    any resources available should go to helping the citizens of new orleans.  

    But we are sitting here in a parking lot with a truckload of supplies waiting for permission to utilize our resources

    WTF? they're sitting on a truckload of supplies and they're going to give them to animals while human beings are starving and dehydrating to deaths? are you fucking serious?

    Who cares if there are animals who need to be rescued? i've heard coutless stories of poeple drowning in their attics, infant corpses, and mass chaos, and i'm sure that every story reported is matched by hundreds of equal events that are not noticed, and you think its a good idea to spend manpower, assets, and supplies to rescue animals?

    un-fucking-believeable.

    The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

    by chinkoPelinke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:28:50 PM PDT

    •  i am a pet owner and i generally agree (4.00)
      that humans should come before animals.  But these people have come from afar specifically to help the animals and much of what they have (crates and stuff) are not useful for humans.  So why not let them do their thing as long as they are not getting in the way?  The reality is that this has nothing to do with the fact that they are helping animals.  It is just another example of FEMA not having their act together and of resources being kept out of the affected areas.
      •  if it were up to me, any helicopter available (none)
        would be used to save human lives, and any ounce of water available would be given to the people dehydrating to death, period.

        Once we are assured that we have rescued every human, then our resources can go to helping someone's pet.

        to be rescuing pets while there are people in the same situation, is very clearly, to put the life of a pet above the life of a human.

        while i'm not accussing anyone of anything, it does makes me ask myself one thing, Why are people more worried about fluffy than about their fellow citizens?

        ...perhaps i should ask kanye west.

        and if people want to flame me, go ahead, i welcome every single flame i get for feeling this way.

        MattR, these comments aren't directed towards you, they're just a continuation of my rant.

        The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

        by chinkoPelinke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:04:15 PM PDT

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        •  Why is it that individuals like you come on every (4.00)
          single thread and begrudge people helping in everyway they can.  I gave a significant amount of money to the plight of people in this hurricane.  That is all I am giving. It's the largest I have given in my lifetiem. But I love animals and I plan to give them something too today.  It breaks my heart to see what shape they are in, and I can imagine that it is breaking the hearts of the pet owners who have lost their pets, don't know where they are, or who are sitting there watching them starve.  When we are watching them rescue  people in rescue baskets and their pets are taken up in the baskets with them, there is no hinderence of the rescue by this.  Why not ease their hearts which have been broken  when all they have left is their animal,by taking care of them?

          Why is your heart so cold that you can't see the part that this would take in the healing of people. After everyone is recovered, scars will go on for a life time.  Bodies are not the only things that can be killed.  Spirits can die too.  Especially when a beloved pet is gone or starves while you look on hopelessly or remember or realize that nothing was done to save them.

          •  i think you may be onto something (none)
            i should have never posted on a pet diary anything but save the puppies.

            all rating aside, animals are awesome, they have personalities of their own, they run, bark, sniff, live, and die.

            my perspective is that at this point in time any available resource should be used for the specific purpose of finding people.  

            it's not that my heart is cold, or that i cant feel empathy, it's that i value a human life 10x more than that of an animal.

            i apologize if i've runied somone's diary by stating something in direct contrast to their beliefs, i just find it hard to accept that anyone would be focusing on anything other than saving people when there are thousands in deperate need.

            i think it is great that you've donated to help the refugees of this disaster, infact everyone that is able to, should.

            The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

            by chinkoPelinke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:07:02 PM PDT

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    •  I agree that people come before animals (none)
      and I'm inclined to think that the biggest concern is that rescuers of animals might add additional burdens, be it security or rescue concerns, to people trying to help people.

      "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

      by ohwilleke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:58:51 PM PDT

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      •  On the contrary (4.00)
        animal rescuers can get animals out of the way of human rescues - dogs left alone for long are going to start to form packs and may represent a danger pretty soon.  They can also convince people to evacuate who don't want to leave their pets.

        And come on, you want to feed people dog food?  What supplies could they have that people could use, other than water, which seems to be in plentiful supply on trucks if fucking FEMA would let human rescuers through to get it to the people.  Animal rescue people know their business, and they would not in any way
        "get in the way" of the human rescue effort - that's ridiculous.

        The people blocking them going in are the same assholes who have stopped doctors, medicine, food, water, boats, you name it, getting into the critical areas - I guess in the name of controlling the situation or some other important value.  This has nothing to do with actually saving anybody, human or animal.

      •  The burden of loosing your pet, sometimes (4.00)
        your only family, is sometimes the worse thing that can happen to these people.  The animal resuers have their own means of delivery and arrange for their own missions.  They are being held back by the same people who are holding back personnel who are holding back rescues of people.  There should be room for both.  There are certainly enough people and organizations ready to give help if they are allowed access.  If everyone who wanted to and were trained to help both people and animals were given access, there would be an overabundance of help what what I've read.
    •  Since you asked... (4.00)
      There are millions of people, myself included, who care about rescuing animals. Kindness to animals makes the world a better place for all of us.  I seriously doubt that anyone rescuing animals from this catastrophe would deny a human a drink of water or a helping hand if the circumstance presented itself.  Even FEMA understands the value of companion animals - they changed their mind and began allowing them on evacuation buses.  Nothing un-fucking-believeable about it.  

      "Who knows but that which seems omitted today, waits for tomorrow?" Kahlil Gibran

      by Bodean on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:58:52 PM PDT

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    •  A thousand years from now (4.00)
      they will look back and marvel at our casual barbarity as we do when looking at the Dark Ages.

      To answer your question, the owners of the animals themselves care, in some cases so much, that they will not leave their animals behind.

      ... amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.

      by Blue the Wild Dog on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:03:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes (4.00)
        As a friend of mine said, "If I was on the roof with my dog, and they told me they would take him, they'd have to shoot ME with a tranquilizer gun before I'd leave him behind."  That's the truth.
      •  and it's a shame that they don't care about their (none)
        fellow citizens in the same way.

        i understand that people form relationships, and emotional attachments to animals, but you have set priorities.

        if an organization has choppers in the air, or supplies in the trunk, they should be given to people.

        The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

        by chinkoPelinke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:08:32 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Did you see the photo (4.00)
          on the front page of the Friday NY Times? There was a woman stranded on an overpass. She was giving some of her water to her dog. Do you think her priorities were wrong?

          ... amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.

          by Blue the Wild Dog on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:16:33 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  yes, absolutely, infact i gazed at that picture (none)
            with disbelief, to know that her neighbors are in desperate need of water in the same way that thousands of others are, and here she is giving water to a dog.

            while her priorities are her business, i personally could not have done it.  if i had water that i felt i didnt need i would look around and find someone who needed it, and give it to them.

            The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

            by chinkoPelinke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:28:40 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Two problems (4.00)
      What your saying - minus the foul language - would be reasonable if supplies intended for people were being diverted to help animals at the dawn of this crisis.  But supplies for humans were never allowed in to begin with.  That has nothing to do with Hope and other organizations.  The people of NOLA and surrounding regions would already have been taken care of had aid been allowed in.  Your complaint should be directed at the feds, not at people who came to act for the animals in the region.

      And please realize that most people have a great deal of empathy with animals, some of us more than others.  The tone of your comments leads me to believe you have enough trouble feeling empathy and compassion for your fellow humans, let alone pets and wildlife.

      •  'the tone of my comments' is caused by the (none)
        absurdity of trying to help animals when there are people in the same exact situation.

        'But supplies for humans were never allowed in to begin with' Well, isn't that all the more reason to use the supplies that are in there for the purposes of helping people? i simply could never justify giving water to a dog when i know that somewhere there is a person who needs it just as bad.

        as for your personal attack on empathy i'll direct you to the first line of my previous comment...

        any resources available should go to helping the citizens of new orleans.

        The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

        by chinkoPelinke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:23:30 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I think the tone of your comments (4.00)
          is caused by your false perception that rescue efforts for animals are to the detriment of humans. If that were the case, then your tone would be appropriate. But it isn't the case.

          ... amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.

          by Blue the Wild Dog on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:26:28 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  i'm not pissed bc they hinder efforts to rescue (none)
            humans, i'm pissed because they aren't efforts to rescue humans.

            in the six day of this disaster, there are still people who have not received supplies, medical assistance, or aid. very soon those people will perish.

            how about a quick math exercise?

            if one <boat, chopper, rescuer> can reach 4 people  per hour, and the same asset can reach 4 animals per hour.  given that you have 10 units of this assets available, and that each hour there are 2 people, and 2 animals that die of dehidration, what is the human cost of delegating one unit to serach for animals instead of searching for people?

            well, in a 24 hour time span, it would be 96 unreached people, and 48 that die of dehydration.

            The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

            by chinkoPelinke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:52:28 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Of course (4.00)
              there are people in dire straits in New Orleans. Should we let animals in Mississippi that animal rescuers can reach die because of that? Those rescuers aren't taking a boat or helicopter or their own bodies away from the human rescues in New Orleans.

              Forget about animals. By your simplistic model, we should be abandoning all rescue efforts for humans in Mississippi and only concentrating on New Orleans. But that leads to inferior results. Rescue doesn't line up in neat little tasks that you knock off one by one and do Gantt charts to allocate your resources. You have to be out there looking and take the opportunities as they come. Your math exercise is irrelevant.

              ... amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.

              by Blue the Wild Dog on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:05:10 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  trivialize the point if you cant accept it, (none)
                i dont mind.  

                "By your simplistic model, we should be abandoning all rescue efforts for humans in Mississippi and only concentrating on New Orleans"

                it escapes me, but perhaps you would like to point out where in my previous comment do i say anything about new orleans, or mississipi?

                nowhere, well that's beacuse it's a hypothetical situation applicable to any rescue effort, in any location.

                the bottom line is that when you use resources for anything other than searching for people, then those people are not to by found by those diverted efforts.  it doesn't matter if you're looking for animals, or looking for gold.

                The Bill of Rights, not the Ten Commandments, should be on our buildings

                by chinkoPelinke on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:18:04 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  Because (none)
                  you imply that strict utilitarian goals allow us to order rescue tasks in neat little priorities. That isn't the case - the real world is more complex than that.

                  ... amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.

                  by Blue the Wild Dog on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:20:14 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  Me and the pack are going to (none)
                    howl at the moon for you tonight.  Your posts on this thread toned down the rhetoric quite a bit.  You stimulated a great deal of values clarification for the posters who seem to think that disater relief is linear and that humans ALWAYS come before companion animals.  Your assessment skills and logic are to be commended.

                    "Who knows but that which seems omitted today, waits for tomorrow?" Kahlil Gibran

                    by Bodean on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 05:56:00 PM PDT

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  Thanks so much (none)
                      Yesterday I completely lost it with another person who held similar views, so I'm trying to behave a bit better. I thought that other person was trolling, because it was so unbelievable to me that they held those views, but hearing another Kossack say it makes me realize that it is something that needs discussion.

                      ... amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.

                      by Blue the Wild Dog on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 07:35:50 PM PDT

                      [ Parent ]

        •  Save some of your rage for (4.00)
          city officials in Tulsa, OK who do not want to open the convention center for evacuees citing economic hardship if previously planned events get cancelled.  

          "Who knows but that which seems omitted today, waits for tomorrow?" Kahlil Gibran

          by Bodean on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:55:44 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Only when (4.00)
      man recognizes the interconnectedness of all living beings, will he understand the workings of the universe.
  •  Thank God for those who care about animals (4.00)
    Of course human needs are going to be at the top of the list -- that goes without saying.  

    Someone who doesn't care about animals does not have much humanity.

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