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PETA Attempts To Rescue Horses Near Taal Volcano

Over 400 horses were used for tourism in Taal.
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As of January 14, 2020, Taal Volcano remains to be on Alert Level 4, which means it is still possible for an eruption to happen within the next few hours or days. It has also been reported that there is still heavy ash fall in Lemery, Talisay, Taal, and Cuenca in Batangas as the volcano continues to erupt. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) also stated in their report that Taal’s ongoing eruption has “generated 500-meter tall lava fountains topped by dark gray steam-laden plumes.” These lava fountains were approximately two kilometers tall and dispersed ashes into areas southwest and west of the volcano’s main crater. 

Due to Taal Volcano’s persistent unrest, residents who resided within the 14km radius of the volcano were advised to evacuate. This meant they had to leave their homes—including some of their animals—behind.

Because of this unfortunate situation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia has taken action to rescue and care for the animals left behind in Taal. In a statement, they said that their rescue teams are “trying to gain access to the area immediately surrounding Taal Volcano but are being blocked by authorities because of the dangerous nature of the situation.” They also said that authorities believe that animals from Taal’s immediate surrounding area have most likely passed away—including 400 horses that were used for tourism. 

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For the past few years, PETA Asia has been making efforts to improve the working conditions of over 400 horses that were used for Taal Volcano's tourism, so their probable passing is an “especially painful possibility” for their staffers. 

As they wait for a go signal from the authorities, rescuers from PETA Asia tend to other animals from nearby areas. They have also obtained a telescope to look for possible survivors in the area. 

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PETA Asia is currently accepting donations—such as dog and cat food, face masks, leashes, and collars—that would aid their operations. You may drop off your donations at PETA Asia's office at Unit 706, Fedman Building, 199 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati, between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For inquiries, you may contact them at 8817-5292 or 0966-442-1708.