IFAW ER Team Heading to Pacific to Aid in Flood Relief.

3erJ.C. Bouvier is the International Fund for Animal Welfare's Online Community Coordinator, he assembled this report from various sources available...additional reports will follow from team memebers on the ground in Indonesia and India including IFAW's Emergency Responders Jennifer Miller and Michael Booth...

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) personell are en route to affected areas of the pacific region as I type this...Massive flooding has destroyed roads, villages, livestock and killed a number of people in both Kaziranga, India and Sulewesi, Indonesia among other regions over the past 10 days.

Ifaw_cop_animal_3The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) and IFAW are working together to help aid marooned and injured animals during this emergency.

The teams are working from an action plan that includes proceedures for raising awareness that NGO's are on the ground to provide aid, and how best to care for animals in distress.  The teams will also work with local park authorities to help vehicles know where wild animal pathways have formed and how best to divert heavy traffic.  And teams will stabilize and care for any animals along the way.

This video shows the flood waters as seen from inside a farm in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Please visit IFAW.org to find out more about how you can help in this trying time and stay tuned for more updates from the field, including video/audio reports and additional text.

Photos c. 2007 CARE

Comments: 2

10 years ago

This Press Release is in memory of the animals tortured and slaughtered in dog fighting. As personally satisfying as it would be to spay and neuter Michael Vick (with no anesthesia), we prefer to teach people how animals SHOULD BE TREATED, and what a blessing they are in our lives. Thanks for reading it and passing it on. ~ Nancy Cronk at www.Animal Chaplains.com.
Press Release August 22, 2007
"Animal Chaplains To Honor and Bless All Creatures on World Animal Day"
~ from the Interfaith Association of Animal Clergy
While Americans have watched in horror as celebrity athlete Michael Vick admits being a willling participant in one of the cruelest, most horrific crimes against animals ever committed, America needs an emotional healing. That day is World Animal Day.
In what will look like a scene from the popular family movie, "Evan Almighty", scores of Animal Chaplains around the world will bless hundreds, perhaps thousands of animals in many different settings on October 4th 2007. At a pet cemetery on the east coast, to a city park in the desert, to a sandy beach on the west coast, they will walk in on a leash, fly in on a harness, and slither in their cages. Barking, mewing, bleating, mooing, whinnying and purring will join human voices in hymns of praise and worship. World Animal Day is a day dedicated to honoring, blessing, and protecting animals all over the world.
World Animal Day was founded at an ecologist's convention in Florence, Italy in 1931 as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4th was chosen as World Animal Day because it is also the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a Catholic Church holiday which is often celebrated with an annual "blessing of the pets". Since then, it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and has been widely celebrated around the world. Churches and synagogues in many faiths traditions have adopted "Pet Blessing Day" or "World Animal Day" in increasing numbers every year.
The Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains prepares for World Animal Day by referring its members and visitors to the official World Animal Day website. The site provides ideas and resources to individuals, families, community groups and congregations everywhere. People can post their pledge for volunteering at a World Animal Day event. In addition to blessing pets, volunteers will work at animal shelters, zoos, rescues, and other nonprofit organizations. Dogs will be walked, cats will be brushed, horses will be groomed, and fish will benefit from freshly cleaned tanks. Donations will be given to animal welfare agencies, and pets will be adopted. School children will collect pet food to be donated to charities, and bake sales and car washes will be held as fundraising events. Veterinary clinics will hold free spay and neuter days, or may offer to vaccinate pets at no charge. All over the world, on the very same day, the well-being of animals will be on the minds of millions of people.
Interfaith Chaplain Nancy Cronk feels a day honoring animals is very important at a time when the headlines speak of animal cruelty such as athlete Michael Vick's alleged ties to illegal dog fighting. Animal Chaplains would like everyone to know that every major faith endorses the responsible stewardship of the earth and all of its creatures. "Deliberate harming of animals is in direct opposition to teachings in all of the major world faiths. Caring for animals is our global spiritual responsibility. If we can teach this ethic to all of our children, animal abuse and suffering will someday become a distant memory".
To find out how to get involved on World Animal Day, go to www.WorldAnimalDay.org.uk. To find out more about Animal Chaplains, go to www.AnimalChaplains.com.
(This article may be reprinted.)
Nancy J. Cronk
Founder, Chair and Chaplain
Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains www.AnimalChaplains.com
Email: AnimalClergy@aol.com

10 years ago

Well done on this superb work, one can only imagine the horrendous situation for people and animals.
Thanks to IFAW for making a difference to the lives of both.

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