May 29, 2006 09:22 ET

WSPA Disaster relief team deployed to earthquake-hit Indonesia

WSPA Disaster Assessment and Response Team heads to Java to help the animals Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, World News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - May 29, 2006) - The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is deploying a Disaster Assessment and Response Team to Java in the wake of the Indonesian earthquake on Sunday.

Philip Russell, WSPA's Director of Operations said, "The task of the DART is to work with government officials and Indonesian NGOs to develop and implement a plan that will bring relief to all the animals affected. This includes:
* emergency veterinary care
* rescue of stranded or lost animals
* emergency evacuation of livestock and pets into temporary shelters.
There is also likely to be an intensive emergency feeding program."

The earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian island of Java early Saturday. The Indonesia Government estimates that more than 4500 people have been killed and thousands more have been injured. It is likely thousands of animals have been affected, particularly the livestock where communities and families depend on them for their livelihood and sustainability. The WSPA team will assess the overall situation and the plight of livestock, working equines, dogs and cats.

This WSPA-led disaster relief intervention will be led by Gerardo Huertas who will be accompanied by two experienced veterinarians and an ex-RSPCA senior inspector. The operation is likely to be delivered in conjunction with the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society International and The Brooke Hospital, with whom WSPA has worked on a number of recent international disaster relief operations.

WSPA is the world's largest federation of humane societies and animal protection organizations, representing over 660 member societies in more than 140 countries. Through direct field work, campaigning, legislative work, education and training programs, WSPA strives to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

Contact Information

  • Celecia Partap, National Media Manager, World Socirty for the Protection of Animals
    Primary Phone: 416-526-4743
    Secondary Phone: 416-369-0044
    Toll-Free: 800-363-9772