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Mine: a Documentary on Katrina’s Lesson about Animals

Mine: a Documentary on Katrina’s Lesson about Animals

For animals, the best thing to come out of Hurricane Katrina was the federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation (PETS) Act. 

Signed into law on October 6, 2006, PETS requires local and state jurisdictions to take into account domestic pets and service animals when formulating and implementing disaster plans.  It also gives FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) the power to deny FEMA funds to municipalities and states that do not form or implement such plans.

Before Katrina, the accepted policy in the United States was that a human life trumps the life of an animal.  Period.  The good news is that attitudes are changing.  Today, many people consider pets to be family members; I know I do!

During Katrina numerous people had to be forcibly removed from their homes because they would not abandon their pets. The pets were then left to fend for themselves against a ferocious force of nature.  Some survived — some didn’t.  A huge number of Americans descended on the New Orleans area to help rescue the pets that did make it through.

Mine, a documentary by filmmakers Geralyn Pezanoski and Erin Essenmacher explores the journey of five Katrina dogs and their humans who searched for them in the midst of trying to pick up the pieces of lives mangled by catastrophe.  The film won awards including the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival and Independent Lens Audience Award for 2009-2010.

Touched by the length to which these pet parents would go to reunite with their “children”, Pezanoski decided to offer Mine to community groups for showings.  Shelters, rescue groups, libraries or any organizations that would like spread Mine‘s message are welcome to schedule a showing in their local venue.  Email: outreach@minethemovie.com

Mine‘s impact will educate and change attitudes about the place pets hold in our society and ultimately change laws, giving rights to animals.

It is powerful, poignant and a must-see for anyone concerned about their own furry family members. It is also a great movie to watch as a family and will teach children about the place animals hold in our hearts and our obligation to them.

If you were faced with a Katrina situation, what would you do?  Truthfully, we like to think we would act in a certain way but until we actually come face to face with that type of emergency no one really knows for sure the decisions we would make.


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5:55AM PDT on Oct 2, 2010

Without a doubt!

11:17AM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

I wouldn't abandon my cats. I have their carriers all set up for evaluation and have all their medical documents, food and medicine handy in case I need to leave quickly. I need to put together a medical kit for them. Actually my cats are better prepared for an emergency than my personal self is.

9:29AM PDT on Sep 5, 2010

I KNOW what I would do as I lived through 9/11 in NYC and our neighborhood was evacuated shortly after with a bomb scare (the same week).

There was NO WAY I was leaving my cat behind, and NO WAY I was going anywhere I couldn't bring my furbaby. If I had to I would live in the street with her. She was part of my family. PERIOD.

9:30AM PDT on Sep 3, 2010

Ready to sacrifice my life to save my pets, for that matter any animal in danger.There will not be any second thoughts.

6:18PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

I am grateful that animals are thought of too.

6:16PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

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6:16PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

My standard letter re: Asian On-Line-Sellers.
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Asian consumerism is killing and choking the planet with its non-lasting junk. Products from China and other Asian countries are cheap due to lack of quality (product & craftsmanship). The products break down quickly, thus more products are “needed”. Landfills, not only in their country but also in the West grow alarmingly and are part of the downfall of the environment. Asian products are known to contain harmful chemicals and are permitted in the West due to “international” agreements between their and our government in view to support the economy overpopulated countries.
The continuous input (into the Earth) of harmful chemicals damage and pollute drinking water and all global waterways. Did you know that China’s drinking water is one of the most polluted water in the world? The West has enough to deal with their own pollutions and we don’t need any more in “help” from foreign countries.

5:42AM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

As everyone else is saying i would also never abadon my pets! x

9:56PM PDT on Sep 1, 2010

All living beings are precious.
pat

8:46PM PDT on Sep 1, 2010

I could never abandon my dog. Never. It would break my heart.

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