Friday, November 27

Inflatable ambassadors remind governments to protect animals in disasters

Our inflatable goat, pig, camel, cow, dog, and horse will be in the Place Des Nations outside the Geneva UN building on Wednesday 15 May, acting as a voice for real animals.

The inflatables are a symbol of the millions of animals in need of protection against disasters. They’re representing six of our global offices – India, Brazil, Thailand, USA, Kenya and Costa Rica.

Our inflatable pig in his ‘home country’ USA, before making the journey to Geneva

Governments and organisations, including us, will be close by at the UN Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, discussing how best to reduce the impact disasters have on the world.

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Why protect animals?

When it comes to disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, animals are often left behind. Animals suffer the same terrible effects as people – injury, starvation, thirst, displacement, illness and stress – so they deserve to be protected too.

More than one billion of the world’s poorest people rely on animals for food, transport, livelihoods and companionship.

So, by helping animals stay safe in disasters, we’re helping people too.

Our message is clear: don’t forget them

It’s vital that governments remember animals in global discussions on disaster risk reduction, disaster plans and investments.

Without action, animals will continue to suffer and die as result of disasters. People’s livelihoods, social structures and economies will continue to break down.  

A cow in flood water in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai

Gerardo Huertas, our global director of disaster management, said: “Animals are sentient beings. They suffer in similar ways to people and depend on us for protection when a disaster strikes. The suffering and loss of animals due to disasters affects emotional wellbeing and even cultural identities. They are our companions and play a major role in the lives and social structures of communities. 

“We hope governments will include animals in their disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies. This will help contribute to better animal welfare and strengthen the resilience of people, businesses, communities and countries after a disaster strikes.”

We’ll continue using the inflatables to spread our important message after the Geneva event.

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