It’s been five years since the Ebola pandemic swept through Africa, killing more than 13,000 people.
Now, the epidemic is spreading beyond the continent’s borders, with some species facing extinction.
As the pandemic intensifies, there’s an urgent need for projects that help animals and other vulnerable animals in the field, like helping them escape the effects of Ebola.
But some animal advocates say the world can’t wait for a pandemic to start.
“I don’t know if it’s a matter of not waiting for it, but it’s just not possible for us to have enough resources for animals to survive,” said Rebecca Tompkins, a veterinarian at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Tompkins is one of many experts who are calling for a new approach to animal protection.
They believe that the best approach for protecting animals in a crisis is to prioritize the work of the people who need it the most, and not focus so much on the animals themselves.
“We’ve got to prioritize what is happening for people,” Tompers told the New York Times.
Tomps is a veterinary social worker at the Atlanta Veterinary Medical Center, and her work focuses on helping people in need of animals escape the worst of the pandemics.
“It’s just the simplest solution: animals that can’t escape are sent,” she said.
“If we were talking about the best solution, I would have to say euthanasia, because there’s no way to control an animal that’s not in the cage.
There are only ways to try to control it.”
Tompers said that euthanasia is a solution that doesn’t just solve the problem of an animal, but can also save lives.
“One of the things we’re trying to figure out is how do we prevent people from suffering?” she said, explaining that euthanizing animals in animal shelters doesn’t seem to help.
Tomega, a wild goat that lives in the Gambia, is one example of an endangered animal that needs help.
She’s in a cage for about five years, waiting for a transplant.TOMPS: I don’t think I’m alone in thinking we need to be thinking about this, but I’m hoping for more people to get in the game and start caring for animals, Tomps said.
The Georgia Institute for Animal Science is the primary recipient of funding from the Animal Life Project, a non-profit that works to protect animals.
But it doesn’t always receive the resources needed to protect the animals that are part of the Animal Health & Safety Program, which receives support from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other agencies.
“This is not an issue that we have to be afraid of, but when you’re a small organization, you’re not as big as the big guys,” Tomega told The Associated Press.TOMEGA: We have to understand that we can’t do it alone, so we’re going to have to do something together, Tomegas said.
The Animal Health Program’s goal is to support the conservation and management of animals in Georgia and to provide financial and technical support to groups who work on this.
“The Animal Health program supports organizations that work on protecting animals and the environment.
It helps them develop policies and programs that address the needs of endangered species and other populations of animals.
The program also provides training for scientists to work with the groups that need help most.
The Wildlife Conservation Society is also working to save wild animals, and it’s using its funding to help animals escape from cages.”
Wildlife conservation programs like the Wildlife Conservation Partnership and the American Zoo and Aquarium Foundation are important, but unfortunately they are not enough,” said Andrew Loomis, the organization’s vice president of global conservation programs.
Loomis said that the American Zoological Society and other organizations like the American Museum of Natural History are also working on issues that directly affect the animals they are helping.”
These groups are not going to rescue these animals, they’re going be doing a job for them,” he said.LOMES: We’re working with them on issues where they might have a better understanding of the problem, but we’re not going out there rescuing these animals.
We’re going out to get them out.
That’s what we’re doing, and we’re working in partnership with them.”
The ASPCA also supports the American Zoos and Aquaria Foundation, a nonprofit that supports animal-related research, education and outreach programs.
The ASPCA’s Animal Care & Control Program, for example, works with other nonprofit organizations to work together to save animals from situations like euthanasia and transport.
“Our mission is to protect, educate and care for wild animals and to make sure they are protected and have the opportunity to live a long and happy life,” said Jennifer Larkin, the ASPCA senior vice president for policy and government affairs.