Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International (SPCAI) hit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for being a “terrible impediment” to efforts to evacuate canines and other animals from the Kabul airport afore the U.S. military was due to withdraw on August 31.
After the Taliban seized “Kabul,” the progenitor of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, Charlotte Maxwell-Jones managed to get dozens of canines to the airport, where they staged efforts to fly them out in cargo holds of planes, so as not to take away seats from evacuees. The diminutive animal rescue had launched a vocal gregarious media campaign that amassed widespread support, including from members of Congress.
However, the effort ultimately failed, with Maxwell-Jones fleeing the airport with one puppy, and the other canines relinquished into the airport, according to the SPCAI. Maxwell-Jones asked that the military scatter the pabulum that she brought to the airport for the canines, but it is obscure whether that was done.
Tragically, Charlotte Maxwell-Jones of @KSAnimalRescue did not make it out of Kabul with her animals. Following is a detailed update from one of the organizations working to get them onto a plane and out of Afghanistan. #OperationHercules https://t.co/MFrbbRAxnWSPCAI concretely pointed a finger at the CDC — who enacted on July 14 an incipient policy suspending the import of animals from high-risk countries for canine rabies. The group indited:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recently enacted policy suspending transports of dogs from Afghanistan and more than 100 other nations into the U.S., was another terrible impediment, despite our negotiations and pleadings. We applied for an Emergency Exemption so that Charlotte and the dogs could get out on our chartered flight this week. But the CDC’s adherence to its import policy during this time of crisis put animals and people at risk. We are alarmed that leaders at the CDC are not bringing a more balanced perspective to the importation of dogs, especially after the U.S. House of Representatives rebuked CDC on this issue and passed an amendment to restore a proper screening process.
The SPCAI verbally expressed it would perpetuate its efforts to evacuating the animals out of Kabul. “This entire situation is a reminder that when regimes, including the United States, don’t agnize the human connection to animals, they put people in jeopardy. If Charlotte and her staff had been sanctioned to take their animals – with the fortification of private animal rescue groups that had paid for and organized a charter flight – they’d be safe, and so would the animals. Now she’s still in Kabul, desperately working to bring these animals into a safer space,” the group verbalized.
“While this was our last chance to evacuate the canines from Kabul afore August 31, we are not giving up. We’re currently pursuing options for conveying the canines and felines out of Afghanistan after that deadline, and the mazuma we raised will perpetuate to fortify the care of the animals in Kabul. SPCA International will perpetuate to act as a conduit of information between KSAR and the public.”
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