Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Not without my baby!

WASHINGTON May 22 - A television shot of a little boy losing his dog during Hurricane Katrina rescue operations was the catalyst for a House vote Monday on legislation requiring all personal pets to be considered in future emergency preparedness plans.

Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Connecticut) added that the lack of pet rescue plans also put many pet owners in danger. "When asked to choose between abandoning their pets or their personal safety, many pet owners chose to risk their lives," he said.

The House was to vote late Monday on the bill, which requires that state and local preparedness offices take into account pet owners, household pets and service animals when drawing up evacuation plans. Offices that fail to do so would not qualify for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This is excellent news for long time New Orleans resident Elliot Hughes, and his pet Bam Bam. (Pictured below)


Blogger Cowgurl said...

Peter - thank you for sharing your awarness and concerns and absolute joy! I intend to petition my reps to vote for this bill. I can't believe it was written by a Republican. Maybe there's hope. Here's one wise man's opinion...
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
-Mahatma Gandhi

7:46 AM  
Blogger geeksters said...

Gotta love the priorities of your government; bombing indescrimanentley and killing civilians, wedding parties, etc., while petitioning for the rights of good ol' American cats and gerbils.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

I agree with you about bombing civilians and wedding parties.

I am happy to hear they are looking out for animals. Animals are not able to vote, and they are often used and abused.

To find this picture of a big bear, I had to wade through dozens of pictures of dead Kodiak and Grizzly bears. All of them had some stupid redneck standing over them with a rifle. These are beautiful 8-10 foot animals killed by a 25-cent bullet and some human being worth even less. We also test drugs and cosmetics of them as if there lives didn't matter in the slightest.

I'm not even going to go into what Richard Gere has done to hamsters. Just kidding Rich!

Animals are one of the things that make me believe there is a God. I have had the great privilege of scuba diving alone for 20 minutes with an enormous Hawksbill turtle in the wild. It was one of the great moments of my life. Some people kill them, and use their shells to make coffee tables.

12:12 PM  
Blogger geeksters said...

I love animals too. I'm a vegetarian and am very concerned about environmental issues. I was just pointing out a little slice of irony.

Your scuba diving experience must have been amazing.

2:39 PM  
Blogger anne altman said...

the turtle coffee tables can only handle about 45 empty beer cans. next time i'm gettin me one of them blue whale jobbers.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Dreamlover said...

Yeah, government.

Our pets are more important than regular human lives!!

(And I love animals)!!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

I wouldn't say their lives are more important than ours. I just don't think their lives should be looked at as something inconsequential.

When all is said and done, the really important thing is that the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7 to 5 tonight at Fenway Park.

10:42 PM  
Blogger whipcreamy said...

but it wasn't an easy win for them..let's just say we scared the tits off of Joe Torre.

2:37 PM  
Blogger anne altman said... thanks on the visual of joe torre's tits, whipcreamy.

4:00 PM  
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1:26 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

I got the email about passing the bill today, so no..its not passed the Senate yet :(

1:22 AM  

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