21-06-2008 - WSPA in Myanmar: vets gain access to animals in need
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WSPA in Myanmar: vets gain access to animals in need
Update, 30 May: Listen to Dr Ian Dacre, leader of WSPA’s Myanmar team, speak about working conditions and WSPA‘s immediate relief plans from the capital Yangon.
Ian will be reporting on the conditions for animals and how work is progressing from Myanmar whenever cicrumstances permit. His audio diary is on the WSPA UK website >>
23 May 2008: A WSPA disaster assessment and response (DART) team today received permission to enter Myanmar and begin delivering aid to the animals that communities rely on so heavily.
The five-strong vet team will arrive on Monday and Tuesday following an initial WSPA delivery of 31 tonnes of animal feed. The feed will be met in Myanmar by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), who we will work with.
DART team leader Dr Ian Dacre said today: “We can’t wait to get in and start delivering aid to animals – by doing that we will also improve the situation for people who rely on these animals for their food and livelihoods. Our plan is to work alongside humanitarian agencies and use the logistic framework that they have established to distribute aid.”
WSPA is the first animal welfare organisation to be granted access to Myanmar and will be working to distribute food, prevent the spread of disease and alleviate suffering among the surviving animals, which are vital to the recovery and food security of the communities affected by Cyclone Nargis.
Image: Dr Ian Dacre in Costa Rica © Tomas Stargardter 2008
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