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Protecting Animals in Emergencies - NSW Events

Communities are preparing to protect themselves and their animals in emergencies

World Animal Protection in collaboration with vets and local wildlife carers are taking the message of bushfire preparedness to at-risk regions in the North Coast and Northern Tablelands to help animals and communities in bushfires.

The community expos will take place at local farmers markets across the regions throughout October, November, and December this year, with the next community expo being held at Coffs Harbour Twilight Food Market on 12th November 2021, from 5pm.

To help all regions prepare for the bushfire season, World Animal Protection is also hosting a webinar on how communities can protect pets, farm animals and wildlife in emergencies. 

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Animals are often the forgotten victims in bushfires, with tragically, almost three billion animals killed, injured or displaced as more than 15,000 fires burned 19 million hectares of Australian land in 2019-2020. Bushfires are a devastating reminder to prepare a disaster plan.

World Animal Protection is reminding people to include their animals in this plan too.

Communities will learn about emergency response and planning for animals in at-risk regions, how to assist injured wildlife, and how to include pets in a disaster plan to help keep them safe.

As well as this, the community are being provided with information packs and family friendly educational activities to help assist them in including animals in their bushfire disaster plan.

Ben Pearson, Interim Country Director, World Animal Protection said: “There was an outpouring of compassion for animals during the summer bushfires, but despite this eager support, many were unaware of how to best help wildlife and protect their pets before, during and after the fires.

“We know people want to help animals in emergencies on-the-ground, and these community events will give them the knowledge, and empower them to protect their pets, farm animals, and wildlife, before, during and after bushfires.”

Full list of events:

✔️ Coffs Harbour Twilight Food Market - 12/11/2021 – 5.00 pm

✔️ Harbourside Markets Coffs Harbour - 14/11/2021 - 8am

✔️ Tenterfield Farmers and Producers Market - 20/11/2021 - 8am

✔️ Murwillumbah Sunday Market - 28/11/2021 – 8am

✔️ Lismore Farmers Market - 04/12/2021 - 8am - 11.30am

About World Animal Protection:

World Animal Protection has moved the world to protect animals for more than 50 years.

The organisation’s activities include working with companies to ensure high standards of welfare for the animals in their care, working with governments and other stakeholders to prevent wild animals being cruelly traded, trapped or killed, and saving the lives of animals and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them in disaster situations.

World Animal Protection influences decision makers to put animals on the global agenda, and it inspires people to protect animals and to change animals’ lives for the better.

For more than half a century, World Animal Protection has helped 8 million pets, farm animals and wildlife in 270 disaster responses across 80 different countries. Australia is disaster-prone, having suffered more than 265 disasters over 30 years.

Previously, World Animal Protection (in Australia) led the National Advisory Committee for Animals in Emergencies. This was made up of members from industry, humanitarian and animal welfare organisations, national, state and local governments and the veterinary community.

MEDIA RELEASE, 11th November 2021

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