Written by PETA
UPDATE: PETA has sent a second letter to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton urging that the Department of State allow U.S. citizens in Egypt to allow their companion animals to be evacuated with them. The evacuation of companion animals from disaster zones is a life-or-death issue affecting animals and people. Please help these animals and U.S. citizens in Egypt and use our e-mail form to urge the State Department to allow companion animals safe transport out of Egypt with their families.
Amid the political riots in Egypt, the U.S. State Department is evacuating U.S. nationals. But evacuees are being told that they are not allowed to take their companion animals on the planes. People are being forced to choose between risking their lives by staying in Egypt or abandoning their nonhuman family members to fend for themselves.
For people fleeing Egypt, having their entire family together—including their companion animals—is important to their peace of mind. Please use our e-mail form to urge the State Department to allow companion animals safe transport out of Egypt with their families.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
PETA, I'm all for saving animals; however, sadly Clinton won't be able to do anything here.
Animals are not allowed to be brought into the United States unless quarantined and proven no threat to the environment here in the United States.
While dogs and cats may not be a threat to the environment itself (i.e. overpopulate with no way to control the population or no natural enemies), diseases could come into play that will factor in.
Plus, honestly, I don't want my money to be wasted on something that will not happen. These owners will sadly have to say goodbye to their pets and flee, and hopefully they will be able to get away safely and the animals find a safe place or new owners to love.
Is this harsh? - yes, but it is the facts.
I would rather you use your money to help stop true cruelty than waste time on something that WILL NOT HAPPEN.
While never desirable to abandon beloved pets, shouldn't the US government's priority lie in protecting its citizens first? In light of the current situation, the concern for their pets seem rather petty. It's like a fireman rescuing people from a burning building - clearly you take care of the people first, animals (if time provides) later.
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