Written by PETA
It's hard to imagine a more terrifying way to die than being
trapped in a cage as flood waters rise around you. Yet that was the fate of
Ryan and Esther, two bison at Pennsylvania's ZooAmerica
who died when they were left to fend for themselves after torrential rains flooded
the zoo. "The
two bison that were in the enclosure, their heads were barely above water and
they were panicking," describes a witness.
Even though local officials had issued warnings about the
coming flood, Ryan and Esther were simply moved to "higher" ground. Esther
drowned, and Ryan was shot
when it became clear that rescue was impossible.
Please join PETA in asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture
to conduct a formal investigation into Ryan's and Esther's
by Jennifer O'Connor
Tropical Storm Ondoy caused severe flooding in many areas of metropolitan Manila last weekend. While PETA Asia-Pacfic's Manila office survived Ondoy intact and local staffers and their animal companions are safe, the storm caused massive damage.
As many of us remember from Hurricane Katrina, animals are often left in desperate situations after disasters, and PETA Asia-Pacific staffers, along with members of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), have been busy rescuing animals in distress.
PAWS—with which PETA Asia-Pacific works closely year-round on issues such as spaying and neutering and stopping the introduction of greyhound racing to the Philippines—has also opened its shelter as an evacuation center for companion animals affected by the storm.
Tropical Storm Ondoy provides a sobering reminder that we all need to plan ahead to ensure the safety of our animal companions during natural disasters. You can learn more about preparing your companions for storms and other disasters here.
Written by Jeff Mackey
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