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article imageIFAW start feed programme for animals in Pakistan

By Jane Fazackarley     Sep 3, 2010 in World
The International Fund for Animal Welfare have teamed up with The Ravi Foundation to help supply food to the thousands of animals that have been affected by the flooding in Pakistan.
Figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimate that 200,000 cows, sheep, buffalo and other animals have died or have gone missing as a result of the floods.
The flooding has meant that families fleeing the area have had to leave their animals and livestock behind. The animals help provide an income for people who live in rural areas of Pakistan. People caught up in the floods will be dependent on the animals to plow the land come harvest time.
The IFAW and The Ravi Foundation began distributing food for the animals in late August when they provided feed for 4000 animals. The feeding programme has been appreciated by the government.
Director General of Livestock Dr. Shamas-ul-Hassan said:
“The efforts of IFAW and Ravi Foundation are highly appreciated. Since the flood has affected, there was a gap in relief program for the affected animals. Feeding the few thousand is a great service however, more support for the starving livestock can help to sustain the affected families animals” *
The first part of the operation will source 230 tonnes of feed and will focus on the Layyah District of Southern Punjab.
The government is unable to provide feed for animals in District Layyah and the IFAW programme has helped ease the situation for the government and families who have been affected by the flooding. News of the feed programme was quick to get out with The Ravi Foundation receiving hundreds of calls everyday asking to be included.
In a press release, Dr. Dick Green, IFAW Food Manager for Disasters said:
"With more than four million people homeless, we know that there are hundreds of thousands of animals affected. This program will focus on getting feed to the most severely affected areas as quickly as possible."
* quote obtained from IFAW.
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