According to a PETA official, the U.S. State Department is evacuating American citizens from the political uprising in Egypt, but has told the evacuees they are not allowed to bring their pets with them.
Bruce Friedrich, Vice President for Policy with PETA released a story on Friday asking Americans to contact the Department of State’s Egyptian Task Force to urge them to reconsider their policy about making U.S. nationals leave behind their companion animals in Egypt.
Friedrich reported the policy is leaving the evacuees with an “impossible choice: leave their beloved companions behind to face certain death, or risk their own lives by remaining in Egypt in order to stay with their animals.”
Friedrich also expressed his disappointment with the U.S. government for not learning from our mistake in making people leave their pets during Hurricane Katrina. Many of those animals died during the storm while hundreds of others were stranded for days without food, water or shelter.
“Hurricane Katrina taught us the fatal consequences of barring evacuees from taking their animals with them,” said PETA V.P. Daphna Nachminovitch. “No one should be forced to choose between personal safety and the lives of beloved companions.”
The dogs and cats being left behind now in Egypt face even greater dangers than the Katrina animals because there is almost no likelihood they will ever be reunited with their owners.
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