PETA Calls On U.N. to Add Relief Supplies for Animals to Shipments Entering Gaza

Published by Sara Oliver.
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Update (December 19, 2023): Donkeys, dogs, cats, and other animals in Gaza are injured, ill, starving, and dehydrated. They’re mostly forgotten, yet they urgently need medical supplies, food, and other types of aid. PETA is sending a follow-up letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations (U.N.), an excerpt from which will run in the Washington Examiner, to help capture public attention.

We ask that the U.N. add relief supplies, including veterinary medical provisions, to shipments entering Gaza. The situation is becoming increasingly dire, and while we’re painfully aware of the political, cultural, and logistical challenges, this crisis doesn’t just affect humans. Animals are victims of a conflict not of their making.

Borders are still closed, but PETA entities and partners stand ready to offer all possible assistance and cooperation, as we’ve been doing for over a year in Ukraine, to help animals suffering there.

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Originally published on November 30, 2023:

Because dogs, cats, donkeys, and other animals in the Gaza Strip are dying of starvation, dehydration, and untreated injuries, PETA sent an urgent letter to Secretary-General of the United Nations (U.N.) António Guterres this morning asking him to ensure that essential supplies are added to aid deliveries going into Gaza so they can reach animals in desperate need.

Animals in Gaza Are Victims of the War

Animals don’t belong to religions or have nationalities and don’t own bombs or tanks—yet they suffer in all wars. The displaced, abandoned, or injured animals in Gaza urgently need help right now. We’re asking the U.N. to ensure that relief supplies for animals, including veterinary medical provisions, are added to those sent to the Gaza Strip as it plans how to deliver aid to the region. PETA entities and partners are ready to offer all possible assistance and cooperation, as we have been doing in Ukraine, to help animals suffering there.

When humans wage war, everyone suffers—certainly including our fellow animals.

In this video, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk calls for understanding of each other and an end to violence everywhere and for everyone and makes the case that while most of us are powerless to bring about peace, we can choose nonviolence daily by leaving animals off our plates and backs:

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PETA Germany and its partners have been on the ground in Ukraine since the country was first invaded. Their determination and grit have helped thousands of animals reunite with their families after they were separated amid deadly shelling. Rescuers in the field repeatedly return to dangerous areas to help dogs, cats, horses, and others left behind who are suffering from severe emotional distress, dehydration, starvation, and infected wounds.

You can help teams prepare for the many challenges to come—and strengthen vital rescue work around the world—by making a special gift to PETA’s Global Compassion Fund:

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