Urgent From PETA: Volcano Survival Tips for Animals

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2018

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Honolulu – In the midst of the Kilauea eruptions and accompanying evacuation orders, animals are at risk and must be kept indoors in the interim and could die if abandoned during any evacuations that may occur.

Residents in areas affected by dangerous sulfur dioxide gas and falling ash should keep animals safe indoors with them. Residents must also be ready with leashes, harnesses, carriers, medication, and food to grab and flee with their animals at a moment’s notice. Animals must never be left behind—including fish and other small animals, such as hamsters and anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.

PETA has released a disaster-preparedness public service announcement. Make plans to ensure the safety of your animal companions. For more information, visit PETA.org.

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