Written by PETA
As observances of September 11, 2001, take place across the
country, PETA thinks back to all the cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, fish, and
other companion animals who waited in vain for the return of their loving guardians
who lost their lives that day. Especially the ones trapped inside apartments in
the cordoned off "Red Zone." PETA received call after call from people
desperate to reach their dearly loved animals after being barred from returning
to their homes. PETA immediately dispatched a rescue team to New York.
PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch—who took a PETA
team from Norfolk, Virginia, to New York right away—will always remember the destruction
and despair. "It was total chaos and heartbreak," she recalls. "We
struggled to get through various barriers and roadblocks to reach animals who
needed us—and whose guardians were desperate for us to retrieve them. We were
able to get some building superintendents and firefighters to bring some of the
animals out, but most perished. We were also able to care for traumatized
animals at an impromptu rescue center and managed to reunite a person here and
a person there with their beloved animals. It was a trip that will forever remain burned
into our brains."
PETA's Emergency Response Team also
than 100 turtles from a market in New York's Chinatown. And PETA was on the
ground following the attack on the Pentagon, supplying dogs who were searching for
survivors through the broken glass and twisted metal with protective booties.
September 11 was a harrowing time for all beings, and one
that continues to affect us as a nation. When you observe September 11 today,
please think of all the individuals
who suffered and died because of an act of hatred. Let's resolve to open our hearts
as much as we can to everyone—regardless of race, color, species, gender,
creed, nationality, or religion—every day.
Written by Joe Taksel
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