For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Vancouver, B.C. – Because wildfires continue to threaten areas near Kamloops and Kelowna and evacuations have been ordered, please include in your coverage that animals must be kept indoors and will die if abandoned. This information will undoubtedly save many animals’ lives and avoid much human remorse.
Residents in areas affected by smoke and falling ash should keep animals indoors and avoid all outdoor activities, such as running with dogs. If visibility is less than 5 miles, smoke has compromised the air quality and reached unsafe levels. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.
Trapped horses and other animals can’t outrun wildfires. They should never be locked in their stalls or confined in any way so that they’re unable to flee.
Animals must never be left behind. Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.
PETA has released a wildfire-preparedness public service announcement featuring Dean Winters. It will remind everyone to make plans to ensure the safety of animal companions in advance of trouble in order to avoid being caught unprepared. PETA also offers a video about keeping animal companions safe during fires for you to share. For more information, visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.