Philippine animal welfare group says domestic animals should be considered in disaster preparedness plans

PHILIPPINES — Fishermen are all smiles from their bountiful catch at Lake Taal.

They were asked why they continue to fish — despite the looming threat.

Like the fishermen, other residents also risk their safety just to save their livestock.

Almost 12 of the thirteen barangays in Balete will have an enforced lockdown, including areas in between the danger and safe zones known as the buffer zone.

Last Thursday, animal welfare groups took advantage of being allowed in areas near the lake to feed animals that were left behind.

An advocate for animal welfare says of there’s one thing we should learn from what happened, it’s to include animals in disaster preparedness.

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