Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tsunami Animal News

Tsunami Animal Relief, Rescue, Aid, Donations
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First-hand accounts relayed and posted daily or periodically -- THANK you, all!:

Noah's Wish, CA

Humane Society International HSI Asia

ANIMAL-RELATED NEWS ARTICLES:

February 4, 2005

Tsunami Crisis
ReliefWeb (press release) - Geneva,Switzerland
Thousands of animals in coastal areas were killed by the tsunami that struck the shores of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and parts of Africa at the end ...
"We were all saddened by the terrible natural disaster that hit the countries of the Indian ocean, we now aim to help by playing our role in the rehabilitation of the area by assisting with the animals that are part and parcel of the affected communities"
Elly Hiby, WSPA's Companion Animals Director, speaking from Thailand
Summary of WSPA resources allocated to date to the Tsunami crisis:

February 2, 2005

Post-Tsunami rabies outbreak alarm in India, Sri Lanka:-
Webindia123, India
... population of stray street dogs. This means an increased threat of rabies spreading among the dogs and infecting people. McIntyre has warned that cats and ...

Rabies outbreak feared after tsunami
ABC Science Online, Australia
... There are 150,000 stray dogs in Thailand, according to local animal welfare groups ... He says cats and other species of exotic animals kept as pets, such as monkeys ...

January 30, 2005

Print edition of Animal People News (a monthly newspaper) for January/February 2005 arrived. Much of this month's content is about the Tsunami and animals. Articles do not generally appear online until some time after print edition. http://www.animalpeoplenews.org

January 28, 2005

Pets Get Tsunami Relief Too
San Jose Mercury News (Subscription) - San Jose,CA,USA
... He is part of a team of vets drafted by the London-based World Society for the Protection of Animals to go into tsunami-stricken areas to vaccinate animals ...

America's Veterinarians to Fund Noah's Ark for Tsunami Victims
PR Newswire (press release) - USA
... ago and already operating in some of the countries affected by the tsunami, Heifer International is monitoring the situation to determine when animals can be ...

W Norfolk duo battle tsunami rabies threat
A West Norfolk couple have been working in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami to launch a programme of vaccinating dogs against rabies.Lynn News - King's Lynn,Norfolk,UK
He works for the The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) which organised the response in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tragedy.

January 27, 2005

Strengthening Government's rabies elimination program in tsunami ...
Daily News - Columbo,Sri Lanka
KACPAW (Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare) is funding a rabies vaccination program of free-roaming dogs in the tsunami-hit areas from Kalutara to Hambantota, to be commenced by the Director, Public Health Veterinary Services either in the first week of February or the second.
KACPAW, together with WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) hope to discuss a mid-to long-term program to bring about a solution to the problem of stray dogs in Sri Lanka, with a focus on using humane methods to achieve such an end.

January 25, 2005

IFAW Launches Rabies Vaccination Program in Tsunami Disaster Area ...
U.S. Newswire (press release), DC
... in Sri Lanka and the sudden increase in the large number of stray dogs is a ... the world, IFAW works to protect whales, elephants, great apes, big cats, dogs and ...

A Kenya Plan to Transfer Game Meets Roar of Protest
New York Times - USA
... Julius Kipngetich, the newly named director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, told the ... The issue first arose in October, long before the tsunami, when Mr. Kibaki ...

January 24, 2005

It all adds up to the most depressing day
Leeds Today - Leeds,UK
... Instead they dedicated their lives to helping stray animals and, despite facing near-fatal illness and the tsunami, they are determined their work will ...

January 23, 2005

Protecting animals in times of calamity
News Today - India
... said WSPA's member-societies Blue Cross of India, Karuna Society, Wildlife SOS, Vishal ... Association for taking up relief measures in the tsunami-affected areas ...

January 20, 2005

Appeal launched for animals of tsunami-struck Asia
Scoop.co.nz (press release) - New Zealand
A worldwide appeal for the animals of tsunami-struck Asia was launched today by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an international UN ...

HSI Veterinary Disaster Teams Hope to Collar the Stray Dog Problem in Sri Lanka and Thailand

January 18, 2005

Singapore sending gifts of live sheep to tsunami victims
Jakarta Post - Jakarta,Indonesia
... way to Indonesia's tsunami victims, a gift from Muslims in Singapore for Hari Raya Haji or Idul Adha on Friday, organizers said on Tuesday. The 500 animals are ...

January 17, 2005

TSUNAMI ANIMAL RESCUE SITUATION REPORT 17 JAN
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand
... seen cows, goats, dogs, cats and geese and at this stage says that there is no critical welfare need and that there is a small risk of rabies among stray dogs. ...

IFAW launches anti-rabies vaccination drive
Daily News, Sri Lanka
... Even stray dogs had been attended to," he said. "It was very hard to determine the number of dogs, cats, poultry or cattle which had been destroyed in the ...

Ifaw gets animals back on their feet
Electric New Paper - Singapore,Singapore
THE Ifaw Tsunami Relief Fund will be used for:
cattle and dog vaccination in Sri Lanka;
food and medical care to displaced pets and livestock in Phuket and Khao Lak, Thailand;
a mobile veterinary clinic in Bali to gather and distribute food, water and medicine to Banda Aceh, and
a partnership with Wildlife Trust of India to make disaster assessments of wildlife refuges in southern Tamil Nadu and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Highly endangered species such as the olive ridley and green sea turtles are at risk because their nesting grounds have been affected by the tsunami.
Ifaw plans to step up its relief efforts.
As more surveys are completed and emergency relief teams reach areas that need the most help, Ifaw will expand its efforts.
You can get more information and donate money at its website www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/
Dr Anand Ramanathan said: 'Medicine and vaccines can be bought directly in these countries and they are cheaper.
'So the best form of help is money which also goes to pay for transport fuel.'
DOGGED RELIEF EFFORT AIMS TO SAVE ANIMALS
New York Post - New York,NY,USA
January 17, 2005 -- Animal activists say they're working feverishly to keep alive tens of thousands of pets and livestock in tsunami-ravaged villages ...

Animals return to Yala
Daily News - Columbo,Sri Lanka
... tsunami tidal waves have returned. Several elephants were seen roaming around the Buttuwa area several days ago, Director General of the Department of Wildlife ... Jan 17

His dogs were all he had left
Electric New Paper - Singapore,Singapore
... Their mission: To take care of both men and animals that were affected by the tsunami that struck various countries of Asia on Dec 26. ...

Sri Lankans shocked that soldiers living in wildlife-infested ...
Halifax Herald (subscription) - Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada
... warehouse. Most of the soldiers, who are here for at least six weeks to help tsunami survivors, steer clear of the building altogether. ...

"No one here to help them"
Denver Post, CO
... into crisis mode after the tsunami to help out dogs and cats that were ... five days going to Buddhist temples where people were bringing stray animals, helping ...

January 16, 2005

Orphaned Sri Lanka Dogs Seen as Danger
Dogs Swarm Sri Lanka
Los Angeles Times (subscription), CA
... Rabies can be present in animals such as skunks, raccoons, bats, foxes, coyotes, cats and dogs. With Sri Lankan officials concerned that stray dogs may spread ...

January 15, 2005

Spokane Man Helps Animal Victims Of Tsunami
KXLY - Spokane,WA,USA
... way to Sri Lanka to help rescue the animal victims of the Asian tsunami. ... a manager with the American Humane Association, which rescues animals during disasters ...

Animals seemed to sense tsunami
Sacramento Bee - Sacramento,CA,USA
... Fifty percent of those interviewed in Willits reported unusual behavior by pets or livestock ... to the area this week to help animal victims of the tsunami. ...

January 14, 2005

India's tsunami
Open Democracy - London,UK
Left to fend for themselves as their world collapsed in the tsunami of 26 ... These domestic or community pets in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam, the worst-hit ...

News Analysis: NGOs rethink PR in wake of tsunami
Media Bulletin - UK
... quite rightly want to know what has happened and about the tsunami relief effort. ... agrees that PROs at charities that, for example, work for animals, should be ...
In respect of avoiding being seen as 'crass' in the current environment, Andrew Papworth, a communications consultant with experience of the charity world, agrees that PROs at charities that, for example, work for animals, should be cautious about campaigns they undertake.
Papworth advises: 'Publicising pictures of a sad-looking animal, say, could be seen as crass in the context of such major human suffering.'

January 12, 2005

Non-human victims of tsunami get some help
Marin Independent-Journal - San Rafael,CA,USA
... Humane Society animal services officer is traveling to Thailand on Saturday to help care for homeless dogs and other animals traumatized by the recent tsunami. ...

January 11, 2005

Turtle outpaces tsunami by 2 days
ABS CBN News - Quezon City,Philippines
... Unfortunately, many marine life, including many turtles also, died in the tsunami. ... two weeks, the task force and the Davao Gulf Marine Wildlife Rescue Team had ...

Dig deep for tsunami animal victims: RSPCA
ABC Online - Australia
Tasmanians have been urged to dig deep for the animals affected by the Indian Ocean tsunamis. The state branch of the RSPCA is collecting ...

Pets in tsunami find a friend
The News Journal - Wilmington,DE,USA
... The need for vaccinations also is rising because pets are living with families who relocated to refugee camps after the tsunami destroyed their homes. ...
Dogs, cats and other animals are suffering, too, and a Delaware woman is heading to Sri Lanka to help them.
Susan Randolph is leaving today for about 10 days to join two or three other team members of Noah's Wish, a nonprofit group that keeps animals alive during disasters.

Area response to tsunami victims still growing
Hampton Roads Daily Press - Newport,VA,USA
... spayathon" Jan. 29. Proceeds from the fees charged for spaying or neutering pets that day will be donated for tsunami disaster relief. ...

Elephants in danger
The Australian - Australia
... of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue centre in Cambodia, said teams operating in Southeast Asia needed more resources to deal with the fallout of the tsunami.

Sri Lanka's wildlife "Miraculously Unaffected"
e-Travel Blackboard (press release) - Australia
Sri Lanka's wildlife parks -- 15 national parks covering more than 5000 square kilometres of the country -- emerged relatively untouched by the tsunami. ...

Committees to report on DWLC's tsunami affected life, property
Daily News - Columbo,Sri Lanka
The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC) has appointed three committees to report on the impact of the tsunami tidal waves on the life and property of ...

January 10, 2005

IFAW Launches Tsunami Disaster Relief Operation for Livestock and ...
U.S. Newswire (press release), DC - January 10, 2005
... In addition to efforts in India, an IFAW sponsored stray dog vaccination drive ... world, IFAW works to protect whales, elephants, great apes, big cats, dogs and ...

US Relief Chopper Crashes in Banda Aceh
RedNova.com, TX - January 10, 2005
[Excerpt]
In Phang Nga, Thailand, a team of veterinarians armed with tranquilizer guns has been hunting stray dogs that are feeding on corpses. More than 70 have been seized, including 40 around the Yan Yao Buddhist temple, which was pressed into duty as an ad hoc mortuary in the province, where more than 4,000 people were killed by the tsunami.
Dr. Kiartichai Nirandorn of the Foundation for Stray Dogs said the animals will not be harmed or killed. Instead, they will be moved to a special kennel in western Thailand.

Tsunami's Effects on Horses Unclear; Work Animals Likely Affected
TheHorse.com, KY - January 10, 2005
... a UK-based animal welfare charity that looks out for working animals, will "make a further contribution to an ongoing project in the tsunami-affected Tamilnadu ...

Tsunami disaster further imperils orangutan habitat
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz,CA,USA
... And in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, Randolph and others fear a desperate ... "People can't talk about the animals because the people ...

"Green Reconstruction" Vital in the Aftermath of the Tsunami, Says ...
U.S. Newswire (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
... the area severely impacted by the tsunami. "This is one of those opportunities in which conservation can truly serve people," said World Wildlife Fund (WWF ...

Biodiversity assessed after tsunami
Green Consumer Guide - UK
Conservation group BirdLife has begun the task of assessing the impact felt by wildlife and biodiversity in the wake of the South East Asian tsunami disaster. ...

Opinion: What animals know about disasters
Miami Herald (subscription) - Miami,FL,USA
[Excerpt]
Sadly, some animals in India cannot escape disaster, as hard as they may try and as well equipped as they are to do so. Among them are the animals caged and chained in zoos, the snakes and mongooses kept by fortune-tellers and ''animal fighters'' in rattan baskets and the miserable dancing bears and wing-clipped and caged birds one still sees beside the roads despite an Indian governmental ban on the capture of wildlife.
We know that here at home, many captive animals perished during the Florida hurricanes. Add to what we already lament in the aftermath of this hideous tsunami the thought that in times of disaster, some animals must be desperate to flee but unable to do so.
To have a survival advantage but not be able to use it -- this, too, is a tragedy.

Monkey credited with keeping local woman safe
Times Herald-Record (subscription) - Middletown,NY,USA
... monkey named PA3.3 saved Eileen Larney's life when the tsunami hit Thailand's ... Tucked away in a remote wildlife sanctuary in northeast Thailand, it would, in ...

January 9, 2005

US Air Force Launches Pets Rescue
The Scotsman - Edinburgh,Scotland,UK - January 9, 2005
... The orphaned pets were found on Phi Phi island, one of the Thai resort areas most severely hit by the tsunami, she said. Thailand ...

Pets seek tsunami donations in Kolkata:-
Webindia123 - India - January 9, 2005
In today's world when everybody is contributing towards tsunami relief, pets in Kolkata also rose to the occasion in appealing to general public to make ...

Veterinarian to help animals in India
The Journal News.com, NY - January 9, 2005
Holistic veterinarian Sara Winikoff plans to leave today for India to care for animals left homeless or injured by the tsunami disaster. ...
... dress and suture wounds, treat diseases and parasites, administer medication and provide basic care for companion animals, such as dogs and cats, and livestock ...

Animal aid off to India
Contra Costa Times (subscription) - Contra Costa County,CA,USA - January 9, 2005
... toll continues to mount, a pair of American veterinarians is headed to India to aid and comfort the animal casualties of the tsunami. ... "The wildlife that was ...
... Animals that weren't killed or injured by the tsunami are still at risk. Many animal owners died, and their pets and farm animals that survived are not getting ...

Animals' reported "sixth sense" is explored
Seattle Times - Seattle,WA,USA - January 9, 2005
... case of this tsunami, says Ken Grant, project coordinator at the Humane Society International Asia office in Bali, Indonesia, a lot of animals escaped simply ...

January 8, 2005

Earth ravaged: Animals too face the brunt
Times of India - Mumbai,India
NEW DELHI: The loss of human life in the tsunami was huge and frightening. ... Domestic animals have been the worst hit. "Many owners left their pets behind. ...

Aid effort for animals
South Australia Advertiser, Australia
A MASSIVE aid effort is in progress to save sick animals in tsunami-devastated regions as touching animal rescue stories emerge. ...

Long List of the Ailing Includes the Doctors Themselves
Los Angeles Times (subscription) - Los Angeles,CA,USA
The work was taking an emotional toll. Early Friday, as she walked down a dirt road paced by dogs that were once family pets but whose owners were now dead or missing, Singh talked about the weight of what she was seeing.

For survivors, scars linger
Boston Globe, MA
... 1920s, has become yet another scene of concentrated loss, so much so that the minister of health visited yesterday, making her way past stray cats and peeling ...

January 7, 2005

Thailand restaurant compelled to rebuild
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA - Associated Press
... the hill with his friends, clambering through a narrow street filled with hollowed-out shops and littered with electronics, clothes, shoes and stray cats. ...

Tsunami Animals: A Sixth Sense?
FOX News - USA
... In Sri Lanka's second largest wildlife preserve, Yala National Park (search), people ... the shore area to higher ground an hour before the tsunami hit, Corea ...

A Sense Of Doom: Animal Instinct For Disaster
Washington Post - Washington,DC,USA
... while large turtles have been found dead in the debris along the shore of Indonesia's devastated Aceh province, the tsunami's impact on wildlife was "limited ...

Animals return to Banda Aceh
The Malaysia Star, Malaysia - January 7, 2005
... broken coconuts littering the ground. Nobody seemed to know where these animals had gone to hide when the tsunami flooded the city. ...

Weighing the Tsunami's Environmental Impact
NPR, D.C. - January 7, 2005
Plus, anecdotal reports suggest that most large mammals in the area escaped harm. We talk with a scientist about whether animals can sense an oncoming tsunami. ...

The lives cut short
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand- January 7, 2005
... Leone Cosens' work with stray animals in Phuket, visit Soi Dog Foundation to make a donation. If June Kander had not been killed by the tsunami she would ...

Strays turn predators
Calcutta Telegraph, India - January 7, 2005
7: Stray dogs are being rounded up and killed in southern Tamil Nadu after the starving animals began attacking tsunami survivors, especially children. ...

HSI Team Tours Troubled Areas to Assess the Tsunami's Impact on the Animal Kingdom
January 7, 2005
HSUS/Humane SI Asia

Tsunami Animal Care Updates - WSPA
January 7, 2005
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

Hilton Humanitarian Prize 2004 Recipient, Heifer International, to ...
U.S. Newswire (press release), DC - January 7, 2005
... and involved in the humanitarian crisis caused by the tsunami in Asia ... have received goats from Heifer International give offspring of their animals to others ...

Elephants prove vital to cleanup in Thailand
International Herald Tribune, France - January 7, 2005
... But Siriwan Phakphin criticized those animals' performance, saying her workers had found ... Then, shortly before the first tsunami hit, the story goes, they ...

SPANA Relief Efforts In Tsunami Zone
UKPets, UK - January 7, 2005
The UK-based animal welfare charity, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, (SPANA) has just announced that it is to make a further contribution to an ongoing project in the tsunami-affected Tamilnadu region of Southern India.
SPANA has been supporting a project in the region since early 2004 which has been providing free veterinary care for working equine animals and advice to their owners. SPANA has now given an additional grant to the project which will be used to supply animal feed to the affected regions of Chennai, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore. 30 volunteer vets have been appointed by the project supplied with vaccines and medicine from Chennai. Two vehicles are being used to distribute fodder and other feed to around 3000 animals in the three badly hit locations.

Relief effort needs money more than anything else
WJHL - Johnson City,TN,USA
Bristol, VA - In all the talk of the human death toll, not much has been said about the plight of pets, livestock and wild animals. The Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund is taking donations for a relief effort sponsored by the Humane Society International.
A team of volunteers left for south Asia to survey the damage to animal populations, and donations will be needed to dispose of dead animals and to find homes for those left behind.

Welfare organisations mobilise to help animals
The Mercury (subscription) - Durban,South Africa
... welfare organisations from across the globe are mobilising to come to the rescue of the countless thousands of animals affected by the killer tsunami in South ...

Aid Agencies Jostle to Get Inside Scoop on Needy Villages
Los Angeles Times (subscription) - Los Angeles,CA,USA
ULLE, Sri Lanka
... cattle that wandered the streets, nibbling fruit from vendors' displays; and a wildlife refuge where ... The waves had totaled the Tsunami hotel and resort. ...
As the sun set on a humid evening Thursday, battered Sri Lankan military boats ferried residents and the first trickle of supplies. Nearby, snarling wild dogs eyed the mostly perishable cargo. One howled at the rising moon while another gnawed on a rotting goat carcass that had washed ashore.

Survivor of two disasters
Rediff - Mumbai,India
... The tsunami killed 109 people at the base, including many officers, and the air force's residential colony ... But three of his four pets were not so lucky. ...

Animal antennas better than human during tsunami (LEAD, adding ...
Webindia123 - India
... reports of fish jumping out of water at the onset of the tsunami waves. ... Nagapattinam wildlife warden AD Baruah pointed out that the coast between Nagoore and ...

Greenpeace on Aceh mercy mission
Banda Aceh, Indonesia
Herald Sun, AU
ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners Greenpeace cast aside their ecological priorities today with the arrival of their flagship Rainbow Warrior on a mission to bring aid to stranded tsunami survivors in Indonesia.

Cull begins after feral dogs attack survivors
Telegraph.co.uk, UK
Stray dogs are being rounded up and killed in India's southern Tamil Nadu state after the starving animals began attacking tsunami survivors, especially ...

January 6, 2005

* Watch the CNN interview with Terri Crisp of Noah's Wish scheduled to air tonight, January 6, on the special tsunami program, Turning the Tide, hosted by Paula Zahn and Anderson Cooper. The two hour program begins at 7:00 p.m. East Coast time.

POLICE CALL FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS OF SMUGGLED ANIMALS AFTER TSUNAMI
Taiwan Headlines - Taipei,Taiwan
... 26 tsunami in South Asia and Southeast Asia, police urged the Taiwan people ... police said, urging the public to refrain from purchasing smuggled pets or animals ...

Aid agencies reject volunteer help
The Age (subscription), Australia - January 6, 2005
... Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses are needed in south-east India to help animals affected by the tsunami. To register, go to www.vetcharity.org.

Tsunami victim finds unlikely new mother [Baby Hippo and Century-Old Tortoise]
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription), South Africa - January 6, 2005
... into the Indian Ocean and then forced back to shore when the tsunami struck the ... left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to ...
A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant, male, century-old tortoise, in an animal facility in the port city of Mombasa, officials said on Thursday.

UN surveys ecological ravages of tsunami
Environmental destruction threatens both wildlife and livelihoods.
Nature.com - London,England,UK
... Damage to the plants and animals in these ecosystems could have knock-on effects ... keen to assess whether mangrove swamps cleared prior to the tsunami, to make ...
The United Nations Environment Programme has already begun systematically logging the environmental impacts of the disaster.

Flesh-eating dogs now
Hindustan Times - New Delhi,India January 6, 2005
TILL TEN days ago many of them were probably pets or, at worst, a street menace. Post tsunami, they have turned deadly. The fear ...
[Please see Merritt Clifton's (Animal People News) comments under January 8 above.]

Powell, Jeb Bush take a 'ride over hell'
Washington Times - Washington,DC,USA January 6, 2005
... of Mr. Powell's tour of Southeast Asian countries hit by the tsunami. ... where the entire surrounding neighborhood has disappeared, sea gulls, farm animals and a ...
On his Aceh flight,
[Excerpt]
Through the Seahawk's open cargo doors, the U.S. delegation viewed once-substantial private homes reduced to rubble-strewn foundations, mangled radio antennas and crumpled water towers, lonely mosque minarets still standing where the entire surrounding neighborhood has disappeared, sea gulls, farm animals and a few lonely human scavengers trying to salvage something from the remains of the calamity.

Survivors leave ghost Indian island to animals
swissinfo - Switzerland January 6, 2005
By Sanjeev Miglani. island of Chawra is deserted, left only to pigs and dogs howling in the wake of last week's tsunami. their ancestral ...
"We had to leave the dogs and pigs behind, they were howling when we left," Dhar said. "Our first priority was human beings. The
animals would have gotten sea sick and half of them would have died anyway."

Tsunami floods Kaziranga with tourists
Indo-Asian News Service (subscription) - New Delhi,India January 6, 2005
... the killer tsunami wreaked havoc in most South Asian tourist destinations, foreign and domestic visitors in their hundreds have been flocking to a wildlife ...
Kaziranga (Assam), Jan 6 (IANS) After the killer tsunami wreaked havoc in most South Asian tourist destinations, foreign and domestic visitors in their hundreds have been flocking to a wildlife sanctuary in India's northeastern state of Assam, officials said.
Authorities at the internationally renowned Kaziranga National Park said they were unable to cope with the sudden surge in tourist flow to the sanctuary that is home to the endangered one-horned Indian rhinoceros.
"Such is the rush of tourists that we are now forced to regulate entry of visitors into the sanctuary," said park warden N.K. Vasu. "In less than a month we have exceeded the number of tourists we received at the park during the whole season last year," Vasu told IANS.

Restore reefs, help victims
Denver Post - Denver,CO,USA January 6, 2005
... is even more essential than buying new fishing boats for tsunami victims: It ... Left to natural conditions, the little animals that make reefs need centuries to ...
Interestingly, one looming crisis that already has caught international attention - the damage to Asia's coral reefs - offers an opportunity to help people by helping their environment. Often described as the oceans' rain forests, coral reefs are abundant ecosystems supporting thousands of plant and animal species. Fishermen also rely on the reefs because the fish they seek live among the coral.
On Friday, an umbrella group to which almost all global environmental groups belong, The International Union of Conservation for Nature, will host a meeting to discuss what various organizations can do to help in the tsunami zone.

January 5, 2005

Tsunami may increase threat to wildlife
ABC Online - Australia
A senior member of an international conservation organisation says the tsunami could increase the threat to endangered wildlife in South-East Asia.

On call, lift to fitness or last ride together
WELFARE SERVICE DUO FOR PETS IN NEED
Calcutta Telegraph - Calcutta,India
The world's gaze of course is at the tsunami-ravaged, as the bruised nations still ... the launch of a couple of new welfare services -- one for pets, and one ...
[Excerpt]
As part of the Animal Welfare Fortnight (January 14-28), city-based NGO Compassionate Crusaders Trust (CCT) has announced the launch of a couple of new welfare services — one for pets, and one for those who love their pets enough to give them a dignified farewell.

Charity sends food and medicine for animals
Daily Telegraph, Australia
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), said domestic animals would have been unable to flee the force of the tsunami that swept the Indian Ocean ...

Experts Dismiss Fears of Post-Tsunami Fish
Reuters, UK - January 5, 2005
... effect," said Clarus Chu, a marine conservation officer at the World Wildlife Fund in ... fish may be contaminated with heavy metal only if the tsunami took place ...

Dogs to sniff out victims in Andaman and Nicobar
Rediff, India - January 5, 2005
... on Wednesday. The dogs may also help in tracing those who have fled deep into jungles to escape the tsunami, he said. The Centre ...

Thai rescuers save trapped dolphin, calf missing
Reuters AlertNet, UK - January 5, 2005
... Locals said many animals managed to flee the tsunami before it hurtled ashore and Wiek said he was amazed that so little wildlife appeared to have died. ...

Welfare groups fly to animals' rescue
The Australian, Australia - January 5, 2005
Mobile veterinary units have been set up across the tsunami-devastated region to contain the risk of disease among animals and feed the thousands of stray dogs ...
[Excerpt]
Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare and the World Society for the Protection of Animals have all sent groups to Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia to assess the damage to domestic, livestock and wild animal populations and administer aid.
Several other animal welfare groups, including the Sumatran Orang-utan Society, were lending resources and funds to the humanitarian relief effort.

Group makes recovery focus in Sumatra [Sumatran Orangutan Society]
Burlington Hawk Eye, IA - January 5, 2005
... The only known orangutan deaths are those that were illegally captive pets in the homes that got demolished by the tsunami. The ...

Sea the provider took it all away
Times of India, India - January 5, 2005
... is on its western coast and that was, by and large, unaffected by the tsunami. ... will have to first be put back on their feet," says animal husbandry secretary ...

Animal Suffering Post Tsunami
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand - January 5, 2005
... escaped largely unscathed, WSPA is concerned at the fate of domesticated animals unable to flee the force of the tsunami and those surviving animals whose fate ...

Did Animals Sense Tsunami Was Coming?
National Geographic - January 4, 2005
... The massive tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 magnitude trembler off the coast of ... Relatively few animals have been reported dead, however, reviving speculation that ...

Tsunami Rescue Teams Try to Reach Abandoned Animals
Environment News Service (subscription) - January 4, 2005
... agricultural areas," says Wiek. Stray animals hide out together in Bangkok before the tsunami. (Photo courtesy FAO). The two organizations ...

Animals are Also Victims of the Tsunami
Scotland on Sunday, UK - January 4, 2005
... In India, the Blue Cross told the Humane Society that thousands of dead animals lined beaches after the tsunami struck. It also ...

Helping the animals in Asia
Pretoria News (subscription), South Africa - January 4, 2005
... animal experts are on standby to fly into regions devastated by last week's tsunami on a mercy mission to provide urgent assistance to thousands of animals. ...

Rants & Raves
Wired News - January 4, 2005
Wow, I'm amazed and annoyed at the total lack of insight and complete embracing of magical thinking ("How Did Animals Escape Tsunami?," Dec. 30, 2004). ...

Zoo moves to save Sumatran tiger
Ninemsn, Australia - January 4, 2005
... of Sumatra, conservationists are alarmed at the potentially devastating impact of the tsunami. ... "You are dealing with island populations of animals that had ...

`Tsunami has not affected marine life'
The Hindu, India - Jan 3, 2005
... rich bottom soil got spread over a wider area, thus becoming a good breeding ground for marine animals. Therefore, in the aftermath of tsunami, there was a ...

Blog (Weblog): Phuket Tsunami - FIRST HAND SURVIVOR STORIES
Thursday, December 30, 2004
SURVIVING THE TSUNAMI - Part 10 "And there are no dogs"

Tsunami rescuers work to save dolphins
CNN - January 3, 2005
... The discovery of the dolphins occurred as Wiek and other members of his group have been tending to animals affected by the tsunami. ...

Two dolphins trapped by tsunami in Thai lake
Reuters AlertNet, UK - January 3, 2005
... to save two dolphins trapped for eight days in a small lake in southern Thailand, after they were swept more than a kilometre inland by giant tsunami waves. ...

Animal Welfare Teams Head to South Asia
Town Hall, DC - January 3, 2005
... The HSUS and HSI said they "work to relieve the suffering of all animals -- companion animals such as dogs and cats, wildlife, animals raised for food, working ...

Govt appoints 10-member teams for three states
Times of India, India - January 3, 2005
... of home ministry and would comprise members from finance, animal husbandry, surface ... The teams would begin three-day visits to the tsunami-affected states ...

Haryana Dairy Department donates to tsunami victims:
New Kerala, India - January 3, 2005
... Jan 3 : The employees of Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairy Department have decided to donate a day's salary for the relief of those affected by tsunami. ...

Elephants pitch in to clear debris
ic Wales, UK - Jan 2, 2005
A YEAR AGO they were filming battle scenes for the movie Alexander - now six elephants are pitching in to help with the massive clean-up effort from the ...

Dog rescues 7-year-old after Indian mother is able to save only ...
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - Jan 2, 2005
"Run away!" her husband screamed from a rooftop after he spotted the colossal waves. It was a simple command that smothered Sangeeta ...

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U.S. Newswire (press release), DC - January 1, 2005
Humane Society International - Asia Dispatches Team to Areas Devastated by Tsunami to Assess Needs of Animals
... be heading to Phuket, Thailand; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Medan and Aceh, Sumatra to assess the needs of animals in the areas devastated by the tsunami last week ...

Best Friends Radio
January 1 and 2, 2005
Tsunami Report
Interview with Pradeep Kumar Nath of India
You can help The Visakha SPCA, India by making a donation through the Best Friends Tsunami Animal Relief Fund (look for details under "Other Ways to Give"). Your entire donation to this fund will go directly to help the tsunami animals.

Are pets psychic? Can they predict earthquakes?
Rupert Sheldrake, biologist and author of Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals, talks about the tsunami, natural disasters and animal behavior.

Researcher says animals heard tsunami coming
Durham Herald Sun, NC - Dec 30, 2004
[Excerpts]
Elizabeth von Muggenthaler is not a bit surprised at reports from Southeast Asia that animals are noticeably absent among the victims of last week's crushing Indian Ocean tsunami.
They heard it coming at least an hour before it struck, she said.
Von Muggenthaler is a bioacoustician -- a scientist who studies natural sound such as that created by air, water and earth. And as founder and president of the nonprofit Fauna Communications Research Institute in Hillsborough, von Muggenthaler specializes in the study of animal communication.
She's especially interested in documenting and understanding animals' use of infrasound -- low-frequency booms and whuffles below 18 Hz (or cycles per second) -- and ultrasound -- or sounds above 20,000 Hz. Both are outside the detection capability of the human ear.
That, von Muggenthaler said, is what alerted the animals to the powerful earthquake off the coast of Sri Lanka, which started the huge waves surging across hundreds of miles of ocean and shoreline. The resulting tsunami drowned innumerable unsuspecting people, reports say, with estimates of the dead at more than 100,000.

During Tsunami Remote Viewing primitive tribes in Andaman Nicobar Islands of India moved to higher grounds – so did most animals
India Daily
[Excerpts]
The rescue teams are observing some strange things as they are reaching these remote tribal areas for rescue and relief. While there is massive unbelievable devastation, the primitive tribes are relatively unaffected though most of them lived close by the ocean.
According to sources, these tribes moved to higher grounds. So did most animals during Tsunami in South and South-east Asia. The rescue teams are also finding interesting information from these untouched tribal people – they could view and hear the Tsunami coming and they moved to higher grounds way before the Tsunami came and earthquake shattered the islands.
Indian Military with all high tech equipments and especially the Air Force lost a full base with hundreds of personnel in this catastrophe.
As a matter of fact another correlation is also interesting – the more primitive tribes moved out to the higher grounds days before the catastrophe.
Based on the reports we are receiving, Nicobarese who are most modern have lost the most in Car Nicobar and Nancowry group of islands. Very few of them sensed the incoming Tsunami. But the Shompens and Sentinelese who took some direct hit, lost little because of their remote viewing capabilities. They moved to higher grounds before.
According to some of the tribal leaders, earth communicates to them. And this time they could see it coming in their remote viewing periscopes.
Interestingly, in South and South east Asia which includes Andaman and Nicobar islands, it is now confirmed that animal bodies are not found because most of them moved to higher grounds days before the Tsunami came.
It seems if this correlation is anything close to correct, we may be gaining in so called “modern technologies” but we are losing in higher grounds of technical expertise, which may encompass spiritual science and paranormal technologies.

Fish consumption in northeast prohibited
TamilNet, Sri Lanka -January 1, 2005
Tsunami killed about thirty thousand people and about six thousand are still missing. ... amid reports of dead bodies of missing persons and animals being found ...

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December 31

Animal Behavior Expert Comments on 9.0 Earthquake & Tsunamis Lack of Animal Casualty Reports in Sri Lanka
ArriveNet (press release), CO - December 30, 2004
... of decaying human bodies mixed with those of dead dogs, fish, cats and goats ... those areas indicate large numbers of dead animals and populations of stray of dogs ...

Marine life could take centuries to recover from killer waves
Sun Network, India - December 31, 2004
... tsunami passes, reef structures grind into each other causing extensive damage. In serious cases recovery would be slow as there would be fewer larval animals ...

Indians tell of fending off crocodiles thrown ashore by tsunami
The Malaysia Star, Malaysia - December 30, 2004
... fleeing refugees made their way to a rescue ship. ... Asia and the South Pacific and the animal flesh eaters ... After a tsunami in Papua New Guinea several years ago ...

Watery grave for Megapod, other wildlife?
Indo-Asian News Service (subscription), India - December 31, 2004
According to officials at the Coimbatore-based Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), their scientist Ravi Shankaran is currently camping at Port Blair, but has not been able to assess the damage to wildlife so far.
"Frankly speaking, the human tragedy is so massive that there is no time for animals," said Vijayan (one name) of SACON.

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December 30

Humane Society International HSI Asia

Noah's Wish, CA

Relief Efforts for Animals Difficult after Catastrophic Tsunami
December 30, 2004
Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society International-Asia (HSIAsia)

Thai king to honour Kiwi tsunami victim
New Zealander Leone Cosens will be honoured by the King of Thailand in a special ceremony in Bangkok tomorrow.
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand - Dec 30, 2004
... Her contribution to animal refuge has been recognised by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and ... unfolding tragedy when a friend called telling them to turn on the news. ...

South Africans rally to aid of Tsunami victims
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription), South Africa - December 30, 2004
[Excerpt]
According to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA), volunteers in Asia have had to cut loose tethered goats and cattle, rescue cats, dogs and even snakes, and feed surviving dogs on city beaches.
Under five feet of water, the Point Calimere wildlife sanctuary's many animals -- including 1 800 black buck -- were all presumed dead, it said.
The NSPCA warned of the potential spread of rabies where hungry street dogs and other animals were roaming.
Displaced animals needed to be fed, treated and placed in safe areas (impounded if necessary) to prevent scavengers being victimised or inhumanely treated for scavenging. Injuries needed to be treated and animals beyond saving put out of their misery in a humane way, it said.
Donkeys and horses should be found and treated not only for their own sake but as part of the rescue mission, as they could go where vehicles could not, the NSPCA advised.
As a food supply, finding animals and keeping them safe and healthy would render a supply of eggs and milk, among others, to the surviving population, it added.
The NSPCA has appealed for donations marked Tsunami and made payable to the NSPCA to be sent to PO Box 1320, Alberton, 1450, or paid directly into its bank account. The details can be obtained at 011-907-3590. - Sapa

Tsunami Adds to Belief in Animals' 'Sixth Sense'
Reuters - December 30, 2004
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Wild animals seem to have escaped the Indian Ocean tsunami, adding weight to notions they possess a "sixth sense" for disasters ...

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Sixth Sense?
TechnologyReview.com - December 30, 2004
Reuters is running a science story purporting that, because no animals have been found dead in the tsunami aftermath in southern Asia, they possess a “sixth sense” which enabled them to escape the chaos.
Color me skeptical. …

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December 29

Indira Point falls off map
India Daily, NJ - December 29, 2004
... Base), it bore the full force of the tsunami. Apart from its strategic importance, Indira Point is also a favourite nesting site for exotic sea animals. ...

Where Are All the Dead Animals? Sri Lanka Asks
Reuters - December 29, 2004
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan wildlife officials are stunned -- the worst tsunami in memory has killed around 22,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast, but they can't find any dead animals.

Giant waves washed floodwaters up to 2 miles inland at Yala National Park in the ravaged southeast, Sri Lanka's biggest wildlife reserve and home to hundreds of wild elephants and several leopards.

"The strange thing is we haven't recorded any dead animals," H.D. Ratnayake, deputy director of the national Wildlife Department, told Reuters Wednesday.

"No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit," he added. "I think animals can sense disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening."
At least 40 tourists, including nine Japanese, were drowned.

The tsunami was triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean Sunday, which sent waves up to 15 feet high crashing onto Sri Lanka's southern, eastern and northern seaboard, flooding whole towns and villages, destroying hotels and causing widespread destruction.
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Animals may have fled tsunami
National Business Review - 29-Dec-2004
A Reuters report notes that in Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands lost their lives to the Boxing Day tsunami, animals appear to have fled inland before the waves struck.
As governments gear up to spend fortunes on tsunami warning systems, the mystery cannot afford to be overlooked.

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December 28

Help the Animals forum:
Date: Tue Dec 28, 2004 1:39 am
Subject: FW: Tsunami Update from Merritt Clifton [of Animal People News]

From aid to trade: how can devastated region recover?
Independent, UK - December 28, 2004
... Food shortages may be exacerbated by thousands of animals having to be destroyed and disposed of in case they drink infected water. ...

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December 27

UN says massive help needed for Asia's tsunami victims
Channel News Asia, Singapore - Dec 27, 2004
… "There are thousands of dead people, and there are tens of thousands of dead animals. The people should be buried and the animals should be destroyed and disposed of before they infect the drinking water. It's a massive operation."...

Bodies Piled on Asian Coasts, Tsunami Kills 22,000
Reuters - December 27, 2004
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters)
"... The human bodies are mixed in with dead animals like dogs, fish, cats and goats," said Marine Colonel Buyung Lelana, head of an evacuation team in Indonesia's Aceh province on the island of Sumatra.

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