Group Urges Batangas Governor to Launch Immediate Rescue Operation for Remaining Animals

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2020

Batangas — Immediately upon receiving word this morning that the alert level on Taal Island was lowered to Level 3, PETA sent an urgent letter to the governor of Batangas asking him to dispatch a rescue operation to evacuate the remaining horses, dogs, cats, and other abandoned animals there—and offered to help with the mission. Since the Taal Volcano erupted, PETA’s emergency response team has rescued 132 animals and has been working around the clock to deliver food and fresh water to the ones still on the island and in the evacuation zone.

“Terrified survivors are surrounded by the dead bodies of fellow animals, breathing in toxic air, and growing sicker and weaker by the hour,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA stands ready to assist a government rescue mission and stresses that there’s not a minute to waste.”

PETA is currently accepting donations of dog and cat food, leashes, collars, plastic containers, and face masks. People can send items to the group’s headquarters at Unit 706, Fedman Building, 199 Salcedo St., Legazpi Village, Makati, or make a donation online here or to PETA Asia-Pacific Ltd. at the Metrobank counter (account number: 007-066-31632-3).

PETA’s letter is available here. For more information on the group’s animal rescue efforts on Taal Island, please visit PETAAsia.com.