The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Tuesday asked that veterinarians and animal rescuers be considered “essential workers” and granted access to move freely across Luzon and the rest of the Philippines to continue helping animals in need.
The group rushed an urgent letter to President Rodrigo Duterte and other government officials as currently, because of travel restrictions and checkpoints, several veterinarians cannot reach their clinics.
“Similarly, PETA receives calls about dying and sick animals all the time, but right now, its rescue team is unable to go to their aid,” PETA said in a statement.
“Veterinarians and animal rescuers are involved in lifesaving efforts, and their help is desperately needed by animals such as dogs and cats, especially during this national health emergency,” said PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker, in a letter to Duterte.
“Not allowing these workers to provide animals with vital assistance could lead members of the public to take matters into their own hands without professional help, which could be disastrous for humans, animals, and the community at large,” he added.
PETA said they hope that the restrictions will be lifted immediately. Their emergency response line to call is 0999-888-7382.