For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2020
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – In the aftermath of the volcano eruption on Taal Island, PETA Asia rescuers have been risking their lives to get as many desperate animals off the island as possible. New photos and videos show the intense conditions there and PETA Asia’s remarkable success in evacuating more than 130 animals, including dogs, cats, pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, herons, doves, and a horse and her foal.
This new PETA Asia video gives viewers an inside look at the conditions on Taal Island. Photos and other videos from the island and of animals being rescued—which can be viewed and downloaded here, with credit to PETA Asia—include the following:
- Pedro, a dog who contracted gangrene after his foot became tangled in vines (He drank 2 liters of water and had a long sleep after he was freed by rescuers.)
- Multiple starving and exhausted dogs, whom rescuers carried to lifeboats (The dogs were all given veterinary care and lots of affection and will soon be put up for adoption.)
- A chicken who was huddled on the beach
- A terrified, crying dog who was hiding under a collapsed structure
- A mother dog and her puppies, who were grateful for the fresh water provided by rescuers
“These photos and videos of rescued animals show just how dire the situation is on Taal Island—animals are trapped in debris, desperate for food and water, and growing sicker and weaker as the clock ticks,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Their suffering is exactly why PETA urges people to take action for animals during natural disasters, including by always taking animal companions with them during evacuations and by keeping an eye out for animals in need.”
More details of PETA Asia’s rescue efforts are available here.