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This policy paper addresses the issue of animals in natural disasters, describing issues by species, the current state of animal rescue, and planning for disasters at the state and local level. The paper also includes resources, references, and recommendations.
"Rescuing animals from natural or human-caused disasters has both practical and moral dimensions. Any incident that poses a threat to large numbers of people is likely to put animals at risk also. The large numbers of individuals involved coupled with the logistical difficulties inherent in emergency situations makes the need for coordinated and well-planned disaster relief a considerable concern."
"In 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought public attention to the plight of companion animals abandoned during the evacuation of the Gulf Coast. Effective evacuation of humans cannot occur without incorporating their animal companions. However, other types of animals face risks and other events pose threats as well. Animals raised for food are uniquely at risk in large-scale disease outbreaks, such as avian flu, anthrax, and foot-and-mouth disease. In addition, animals can suffer in human- caused disasters, such as large-scale hoarding cases. Birds and marine wildlife suffer and die from oil spills and other sources of pollution."
"This paper summarizes and synthesizes the most up-to-date information about disaster response for animals in the United States. Section Two reviews the risks different types of animals face. Section Three outlines the existing response system and discusses current legislation on behalf of animals. Section Four provides an overview of organizations directly involved in animal rescue and care following disasters. Section Five provides state-by-state information and offers planning recommendations. A list of references and key readings is also provided."
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