Beirut animal rescuers are back online
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:
“Just now, after seven months, were we able to establish a
new e-mailing system,” Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
wrote on March 27, 2007, after last e-mailing directly to ANIMAL
PEOPLE on October 3, 2006, eight days after evacuating 300 animals
to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
BETA had rescued 237 dogs and 2005 cats during two months of
fighting in southern Lebanon between Israeli troops and the Hezbollah
“Even though the war is over, the political situation is
still unstable,” BETA said. “Everybody is concerned with personal
survival, scared of what will happen the next day, and defending
animals seems insignificant to most people. Rescues never stopped.
We now have 200 dogs and 130 cats in our care,” with an “urgent need
for evacuation of our dog shelter. Our neighbors are not very fond
of dogs and have issued us a month’s notice,” BETA explained.
“Thankfully, we were able to locate a piece of land
and are now in the process of building a shelter according to
European and American standards.”
BETA fundraising has for ten months relied mostly on response to the
BETA web site, <http://beta.beirut.com>. “Due to the critical
political situation, we are unable to raise funds on the ground,”