June 4, 2010
Tragic Consequences for Wildlife—And Other Gulf Coast Animals
Animal victims of this spill do not stop at the shoreline
The following is a statement by The Humane Society of the United States in response to the BP oil spill.
The tragedy in the Gulf grows worse by the day. The suffering of animals is brought into America’s living rooms and the scenes are shocking. It seems plain that the consequences are only going to get worse and will last for an awfully long time. A wildlife cataclysm is at hand.
The HSUS has a team of experts deploying to the Gulf to make sure that animals remain a top priority in this disaster. We will help in any way we can, and we lend our voice to those who insist on better safeguards in the future.
“Americans were assured that an uncontrolled blowout like this would not happen. Americans were told that BP had the equipment, expertise and manpower to prevent oil from reaching our precious coastal wildlands. Americans, unfortunately, weren’t given the truth—or anything close to the truth. And now animals are being made to pay the price in the most horrible of ways,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We share the nation’s anguish at the plight of animals in the Gulf. We condemn those who have sentenced so many wild creatures to death and suffering.”
At the moment, BP and its contractors are handling animal rehabilitation at the scene, and wildlife experts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are responsible for capturing oiled and injured animals. Access to the water and beaches is limited and enforced. But we stand by to assist in any way we can.
Already, we have been on the scene to assist with training, and we moved into coastal Louisiana to assist local animal shelters which are being overcrowded. Because of the economic toll on local residents, shelters report they are experiencing an unfortunate spike in relinquished pets and we have arranged delivery of more than 12 tons of pet food to try and keep families together during these difficult times. Animal victims of this spill do not stop at the shoreline.