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June 23, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Fresno, Calif. – As wildfire season reaches its peak, elevating the probability of evacuations—like those in 2020 as a result of Creek hearth—PETA has positioned a sky-high message within the space urging residents to verify their evacuation plans embody all members of the family, from hamsters to horses.
“As a result of animals left behind face agonizing accidents or demise throughout a wildlfire, the time to incorporate them in worst-case state of affairs plans is true now, earlier than catastrophe strikes,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “The local weather disaster has made a protracted, extra intense hearth season the brand new norm, and PETA urges everybody to arrange for evacuation now and be able to flee flames with the complete household.”
PETA provides the next pressing reminders throughout wildfire season:
- Companion animals ought to by no means be left behind to fend for themselves throughout evacuations. They’re no higher outfitted to outlive a catastrophe than people are, and anybody who evacuates and deliberately abandons animals to fend for themselves could also be prosecuted.
- Be ready. Put collectively an animal emergency equipment prematurely, with meals, water, carriers, leashes, veterinary information, and the rest you’ll want to hold your animals protected and cozy throughout an evacuation. Be sure that they’re sporting collars or harnesses with identification.
- Confined horses and different animals can’t outrun wildfires. They need to by no means be locked of their stalls or confined in another manner that will render them unable to flee. Anybody who sees animals in misery and is unable to assist ought to notice their areas and alert authorities instantly.
The billboard is situated at 4046 N. Barton Ave. in Fresno.
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