Farm Animals Left After Taal Eruption Struggling For Survival
ANIMALS LEFT AFTER TAAL ERUPTION – As residents evacuated areas near Taal Volcano’s danger zone, several of their farm animals were abandoned.
Left alone to fend for themselves, most of the farm animals could not survive for long in the harsh and ash-filled environment. Most of the fresh grass that was once abundant was not covered in blankets of ash.
Following this, Anna Cabrera, the executive director of Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), recounted her experience as she arrived at one of Taal’s coastal areas a day after the eruption.
Marami kaming nakitang mga baka na naiwanan, wala na silang access sa grass kasi natabunan na ng ash so nakakaawa talaga,
(We saw a lot of cows that were abandoned, they don’t have access to grass because it was covered in ash, those poor creatures).
After Taal Volcano’s eruption, nearby affected areas looked liked ghost towns. The once vibrant scenery became a vision of black and white as the ash covered almost everything in sight.
One of the videos posted by PAWS on their Facebook page saw chickens roaming around the ground looking for food. However, there was nothing to eat and volunteers had no choice but to feed them dog food.
Cabrera stated that the animals were not only the livelihood for the people, they were also treated as family members as well.
Actually ‘yan ang naging problema sa US, nag-try silang ilikas ‘yung mga tao from Hurricane Katrina, sabi iwanan ‘yung mga hayop, so nagkaroon ng problema evacuating humans… Maganda talaga may comprehensive plan na kasama ang hayop kasi part din yan ng pamilya
On their Facebook page, they posted ways on how you could help out animals abandoned in Taal.
HELP THE ANIMALS OF TAAL (updated)
The animals around Taal volcano need your help. After today’s assessment by the PAWS Disaster Team together with IFAW, they have confirmed that pet dogs, cows and other livestock have been left at the site when people were evacuated. The animals are tired, thirsty and very hungry.
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