What happens to animals during times of war? How do animal organizations mobilize in high risk areas? How does war compound existing problems for animals, and also create new ones?
We are joined by representatives from two animal organizations, one from Lebanon and one from Israel, to learn more about how animals are tangled up in this particular crisis in the Middle East. First, we will connect with Maggy, a co-founder of BETA (Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to hear how activists are helping stray and companion animals in Beirut, in addition to those from farms and zoos. We’ll hear about the struggle to rescue animals, and to provide ongoing care despite dwindling supplies, the destruction of the international airport, roads, and blocked ports.
Then, Tali Lavie from Hakol Chai, the Israeli sister charity of CHAI (Concern for Helping Animals in Israel), will share her perspective from Tel Aviv. As people flee parts of Israel, animals have slowly begun to starve to death in the wake of the evacuations. Like those in Beirut, many animals are terrified, confused, and hungry. Tali will tell us how Hakol Chai is working to alleviate the suffering of animals in Israel.
Finally, tune in to hear about the messy intersection between adoption and vegetarianism in the United States, and how the diet is associated with neglect by some adoption and legal authorities. Shirley Dumas, from Indiana, will share her troubling story of adopting a child only to have him taken away, based on the State’s prejudice against her “vegetarian lifestyle”.
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