For Immediate Release:
12 September 2019

PETA Urges Residents to Take Their Animals With Them if They’re Forced to Evacuate

Sunshine Coast – As ferocious bushfires rip through the Sunshine Coast community and hundreds of people are already at evacuation centres, PETA is urging residents to take all companion animals with them when evacuating.

Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons their animals to burn, suffocate, or starve may be prosecuted.

Residents in areas affected by smoke and falling ash should keep animals indoors and avoid all outdoor activities, such as running with dogs. If visibility is less than 8 kilometres, smoke has compromised the air quality and reached unsafe levels. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.

Animals should never be left tied up or confined to crates, pens, or hutches, as they’ll be trapped and unable to flee from smoke and fires.

PETA affiliates all around the world have witnessed first-hand the trauma that animals endure when left behind to face natural disasters all alone. The PETA US Animal Rescue Team has pulled terrified and stranded animals from rooftops, balconies, floating mattresses, shelves, tops of cars, and more. The total number of animals who have died after being left in crates or chained or penned in backyards during natural disasters is unknown.

Make plans to ensure the safety of all animal companions before evacuating. For more information about PETA’s work, please visit PETA.org.au.