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War in Ukraine: what happens to abandoned animals?

Escaping your home, neighborhood, city, and country at war also means having to make decisions about who will be on the journey. This was the case with many people who wanted to board the crowded and very selective trains that departed from stations in Ukraine.

In the European Union there are common reception rules for pets: it is necessary to request the identification of the animal, prove the validity of the rabies vaccine and have a European passport for animals. This mainly affects cats, dogs and ferrets. Animals from outside Europe are subject to stricter rules depending on the country their owners wish to take them to.

For these reasons, many animals had to be abandoned by their owners when the war broke out in Ukraine. “Many shelters in Ukraine collect animals. They informed us of many dogs and cats abandoned in the stations. Being faced with the choice of whether they can save their life or none by staying in Ukraine with their pet … must be an incredibly difficult decision to make, “said Daniel Cox, Campaign Director at PETA Germany sadly.

“We achieved a victory thanks to the relaxed reception conditions,” explains Marie-Morgane Jeanneau, director of campaigns for PETA France. Faced with the requests of many associations and foundations for the protection of animals, Europe has adapted to the extreme conditions of war by offering a much easier reception to all these animals. In France, the government specifies that an emergency system has been put in place to accommodate animals that do not meet the normal requirements. Pet owners who do not meet these criteria should contact them promptly “A veterinarian or the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations of the destination departmentin charge of the health surveillance of these animals “.

“Animals are also victims of this conflict, which we don’t necessarily think about. Our mission at PETA is to help animals wherever they need us, “says the spokesperson for PETA France.

Pleases National Geographic he had indicated in the report of the Masha bear rescue, “tens of thousands of animals have remained in zoos, farms, sanctuaries, shelters, even on the streets all over Ukraine. Food is in short supply, especially in places that are under enemy artillery fire, and many areas are inaccessible to outside help. Zoos and sanctuaries say their animals are traumatized by the shelling, curl up to the sound of air raid sirens and explosions, run against fences and even going so far as to abandon their young. ”

Marie-Morgane Jeanneau specifies that initially the association’s teams were positioned on the border between Poland and Romania. The idea was to welcome people and their animals, offer identification or vaccinations to animals in need. “A clinic has been set up to help and care for the animals,” veterinarians offered their help, food or even equipment.

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