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The following letter from the humane society sums up what they are asking for from Kossacks and their friends and from Americans at large who have compassion (so much for compassionate conservatives).

FEMA had announced a couple of weeks ago that they would allow the national guard to help save animals but that was a political ploy apparently because the animal rescuers are still appealing for help from Bush's government:

The Humane Society of the US has issued the urgent plea below: Go to web site to request needed animal rescue help from the federal government:

On Wednesday, one of our Disaster Animal Response Teams in New Orleans rescued a St. Bernard from a rooftop a dog they described as the most emaciated animal they had ever seen in all their years of handling animals. The veterinarian who treated the dog was shocked that the animal, who weighed just 40 pounds, was still alive.

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Who helped us rescue this animal? It was several National Guardsmen who heeded our rescuers pleas to take them through the water on a tank so they could get up on the roof to save the dog.

But the troops actions were not ordered by the National Guard nor by the White House, the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, or the state of Louisiana. In fact, despite our repeated requests, none of these entities has formally agreed to marshal their ground forces to help rescue the pets and other animals slowly starving to death in the affected areas.

At apress conference just a few hours ago, I implored the federal government to come up with the nation's first animal rescue plan.
Now, I am writing to ask you to give them the same message:
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/katrina_governmentresponse
Time is running out for these animals. Every hour that passes means more pets, locked behind closed doors in the disaster zone, will die of starvation. Our teams are working as hard as they can to reach as many pets as they can - and as we reported to you on Wednesday, we've rescued thousands. But there are thousands more.

At this 11th hour, when so many lives are at stake, we are asking you to help. Contact these officials today before it is too late. Please click here to call or send an email to President Bush and other federal and state officials who have the power to order National Guardsmen and other responders to assist with food drops, help supply our own operations, and do whatever else it takes to save animals.

One of our rescuers said it best: We should not have to rely on the compassionate instincts of individual Guardsmen to rescue these animals. We need the full commitment of the government.

Members of Congress have also been calling on President Bush and the federal agencies to actively assist with direct animal rescue. With most of the human victims of the catastrophe removed from the city, it's not too late to save animals' lives. It's time for the government to recognize the incredible bond between people and their pets, and step in to help.

Thank you so much for your support of our disaster teams, and for all you do for animals.

Sincerely,
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United State

Originally posted to The Gnostic on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 05:44 PM PDT.

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  •  Headline suggests other meaning (4.00)
    It suggests that we should rescue animals FROM the Humane Society, not support them.  Change the title please.  And, I'm all with you.

    "How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right." Black Hawk

    by Gabriele Droz on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 05:44:31 PM PDT

  •  suggestion (none)
    You might change your title to make it clearer that the plea is from the Humane Society to save animals rather than saving the animals from the Humane Society.

    Otherwise, thanks for posting this.

  •  Change Your Title!!! (none)
    Try "Urgent Plea from Humane Society"

    Good grief.  My heart almost stopped when I saw your headline.

    "Ninety-nine miles of solid-gold track, lay on the whistle and don't look back..."

    by InquisitiveRaven on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 05:47:24 PM PDT

  •  Your post broke my heart.... (4.00)
    I will never forget the footage of a beautiful black Labrador retreiver swimming, ever swimming aimlessly through the muck.

    If the measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable creatures, then America is failing and badly.

    I just can't forget that noble back head moving across the filthy water. He didn't vote for Bush. Why should he suffer?

  •  Caring for animals is also caring for people (4.00)
    As you spread the word on this, remember to emphasize how important these pets are to their owners, and how much it can mean to people to be reunited with their animals.  That love crosses all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic groups.  

    I remember the people in my Dad's Vet office as I was growing up:  1) the little girl who shook her fist at Dad when her beloved pet yelped from a shot; 2) the elderly lady stoically bringing in her dying dog, knowing that euthenasia was "best for him" 3) the General (and yes I mean Army general) crying when his dog was put to sleep.  

    It's not only the right thing to do to rescue these pets--because THEY DESERVE IT--and they do.  It is also the right thing to do for the mental health of these people who have been so traumatized.  Reuniting with a pet is probably worth a whole lot of therapy.

  •  E-Mails sent (none)
    Calls to follow.

    Thank you Gnostic for posting this.

    I hope that future evacuation plans include provisions for pets.  This is an issue that is near and dear to me.

    In 1976, my family was living in Beirut Lebanon.  Due to the war there, the US arranged two evacuations for Americans during the summer.  My younger sister and I went out on the first one.  Along with us came our pet tabby Ali Baba.  We were 10 and 13 respectively.  A family friend watched out for us.  The evacuation took place on a US Navy/Marine ship of the Sixth Fleet.  The plan was for us to go to Athens and from there catch flights to the US.

    When we arrived in Athens, there were only a few options on flights and we were having difficulty finding one that would accommodate Ali Baba.  The family friend (a very nice man whose name escapes me) told us that the cat would have to stay in Athens.  This led me to openly defy adult authority for the first time in my life.  I still remember him trying to coax me into leaving the cat in Athens and my simply putting down my foot and insisting that my sister and I would not leave without him.

    Well long story short, we were not able to fly on the same flight with the Ali Baba, but the he joined my grandparents and us a few days later in Los Angeles.

  •  Done. Thanks for posting. n/t (4.00)
  •  Thank you for this (none)
    Humans are stewards of Earth's natural resources.  That includes domestic animals.  They depend on us.    That takes responsibility.

    This administration lacks any form of leadership.  They only know the selfish form of responsibility:  look out for #1.

    Qui tacet consentire videtur - "Whoever seems silent, consents."

    by Philosophe Forum on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 09:59:43 PM PDT

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