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Jan 22, 2020

In a conversation from the Philippines, Jason Baker, PETA Sr. VP for PETA-Asia, talks to Emil Guillermo about the effort to save hundreds of animals abandoned after the Taal Volcano, 60 miles south of Manila, erupted on Jan. 12. The Philippine government currently has no plans to help the animals. Since the volcano eruptions began, PETA has been the only group on Taal saving dozens of animals at a time.

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1:28 Jason Baker says logistical problem if 1,000 dogs still on island.

2:47 Full Interview begins, 100 horses saved so far.

3:33 600 horses left. Plenty of animals left on island. Dogs,cats, goats, ducks.

4:10 “Only option on the island  is starvation is dehydration “

4:33 PETA has taken off about 140 animals.

5:12 14 Description of 14 kilometer area around the volcano, evacuation zone.

6:09 Why people aren’t expected to return. “A No-Go” Zone.

6:34 “No Government Plan.”

6:49 “They sooner let them starve.”

7:08 Who’s to blame? “It’s the governor and the Coast Guard.”

7:30 We haven’t been stopped from going. Government doesn’t care

8:09 People aren’t trying to get back. People are fearful of toxic gases, lava.

8:29 Fear factor among the people. Government is saying don’t go.

9:03 “We have a dozen people every day.”

9:31 Cars get in. Some stopped by Philippine officials.

10:12 Filipinos however are generous,  wanting to help.

10:45 Could be weeks or month of work.

11:12 Animals outside evacuation zone, a few hundred. In evacuation zone, could be 1,000 dogs.

12:35 Fear that volcano could go off again. PETA only ones on the island.

13:04 Story of dog known for two years. Named Palakatik.

14:55 Animals on own. Plenty of dead animals seen. Race against time.

15:32 Least friendly animals now. Work more difficult and urgent.

15:49 What is the environment and air like? Depends on winds.

16:11 Ash on skin. Sky is entirely gray. Thick layer of ash.

17:02 Not well made buildings there. Shacks and tin roofs, not much to them to begin with.

17:27 Government assumes the volcano will take the island. No plan to get animals off.

18:08 Sadness could have been avoided with preparation.

18:35 A reminder to be ready and have a plan.

19:17 The volunteers. 20 hour days. Exhaustion.

19:45 Day starts at 5 am. 12 hours of daylight to work.

20:37 Overwhelmed by people willing to help and volunteer.

20:55 Dog stereotype of Asia is wrong.

21:31 Animal rights and welfare in Asia.

22:45 More on dogs.

24:25 Wasn’t much wildlife concern. Some birds.

24:45 Australia compared to Taal.

25:15 PETA team in Australia.

26:33 Camels shot in NW Australia

27:03 Looking on the positive side, stories of rescue.

27:31 Cat saved on the island.

27:49 Duck saved on the island.

28:05 We have 150 animals. Took my son in to see the saved ones.

28:29 What listeners can do to help.

29:06 People should write the Embassy in Washington; and contribute to the effort.

29:41 Think about your own communities and their emergency preparedness.

30:25; Twitter@petaasia

31:25 Waiting for update on animals maybe 30 animals.

32:04 ”No one else will (being doing this) if we weren’t there.”

33:04 End credits.

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Originally published Jan. 22, 2020