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Ecuador volcano - WSPA distributes food to animals

Aug 14, 2006

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has distributed emergency food relief to around a thousand animals at risk of starvation following the eruption of the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador.

Fields and crops in around 25 towns, parishes and hamlets were also ruined following the explosions on July 14, including fruit crops and pasture for feeding cattle.

Mark Yates, WSPA’s Director of Disaster Relief, said: Animals were left without food and farmers without a source of income as a result of the burnt fruit and their starving livestock. With the government predicting that it would take around 20 to 30 days for new grass to become available, urgent intervention was necessary to save these animals and ensure the longer-term recovery of the people affected.

WSPA’s intervention was delivered by its Member Society Fundación de Protección Animal Ecuador (FPA) who distributed food to cattle and pigs, as well as dogs in a newly created shelter which was set up as a result of an influx of displaced dogs into the town of Cotaló.

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