Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010 6:25 PM
From: Kinship Circle
To: 2A) KINSHIP CIRCLE [NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD]
Subject: Kinship Circle Deploys To Gulf Oil Spill!
6/12/10 - KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID
With All Eyes On The Gulf Oil Spill - Kinship Circle Is There
KINSHIP CIRCLE DEPLOYS TO THE GULF OIL SPILL
June 12, 2010 -- Venice, Louisiana: Kinship Circle has gone where few other
animal organizations have been: Into the trenches of the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill in the Gulf. We are there right now, in an investigative capacity
to document oil-affected animals and alert Unified Command where they are.
Animal rescue groups -- other than specialized organizations authorized
under Unified Command -- currently do not have access into restricted zones.
But select press and documentarians do.
KINSHIP CIRCLE AND AEOTG GULF TEAM #1, from lt to rt:
(back row) Documentary filmmaker Tom McPhee and his son Kevin; (front row)
Kinship Circle IC Bonnie Morrison, Tania Velasco and Rachel Laskowski;
Plaquemines Parish coastal director P.J. Hahn; Kinship Circle’s Cheri
Deatsch and Sister Michael Marie; AEOTG’s Jon Shurtz
All photos © WA2S.org / Kinship Circle, Gulf Coast 2010
Kinship Circle was asked to "embed" with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Tom
McPhee for his All Eyes On The Gulf (AEOTG) expedition. Our disaster
responders are on the ground to focus camera lenses and notepads on
contaminated parts of Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.
AEOTG is a scientific tour to collect visual records. It’s also a window to
the truth. As part of AEOTG's crew of filmmakers and photojournalists,
Kinship Circle may deploy teams through August, as funds permit.
Tom McPhee's organization, World Animal Awareness Society, is approved under
Unified Command (BP, Coast Guard, fed/state officials) to access affected
areas. All team members wear photo ID badges.
Brown Pelicans await cleaning in a holding pen at IBRRC (International Bird
Rescue and Rehabilitation Center), where Kinship Circle and WA2S team
members trained. Photo © WA2S.org / Kinship Circle
WHERE ARE THE ANIMALS?
On 6/10/10 U.S. Fish and Wildlife reported that more than 400 oiled birds
were taken to Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras,
Louisiana in a span of several days -- over five times as many than in the
last six weeks combined. Where are the photos and clips? According to CNN,
BP is attempting to block reporters from photographing animals altogether.
Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn lifts an oil-covered
pelican at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay 6/5/10. AP/Gerald Herbert
A FILMMAKER'S VISION
Tom McPhee's All Eyes On The Gulf is a portal to the "human/animal
intersection" in this disaster. Team members undergo two-day training before
they journey to oil damaged regions across five states. Volunteers gather
visual evidence from ground, water and air levels. They also act as
"spotters" to supply the Unified Area Command with location coordinates for
suffering animals and facilitate their capture and care. Detailed data
collection procedures are used to deal with oil distressed animals.
A rescued and rehabilitated Kemp's Ridley sea turtle is released off the
Bolivar Peninsula in Texas. The species is threatened by the oil slick
because it only nests in the western Gulf of Mexico. msnbc.msn.com
Help Save Lives By Supporting All Eyes On The Gulf
As evidenced by Kinship Circle's aid in Chile's 8.8 quake and tsunami --
disaster response is expensive. We’re rarely involved in two catastrophic
missions at the same time. But as animals are treated for wounds and disease
in Chile...victims of BP's oil spill await aid in the U.S.
Photo © WA2S.org / Kinship Circle
OIL SPILL RESPONSE FUNDING IS NEEDED FOR:
RV/motor home for an All Eyes On The Gulf mobile command center
Hazmat/Tyvek suits, respirators, rubber boots
Deployment of volunteer teams through August (or longer)
Public messaging and media outreach
Computers/communications overhead and equipment
Fuel, food, lodging, tents
SELECT: BP Gulf Oil Spill
OR MAIL A CHECK TO:
7380 Kingsbury Blvd / St. Louis, MO 63130
ATN: BP Gulf Oil Spill
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers,
supplies and resources for animal victims through its network of trained
responders in the U.S. and Canada. Kinship Circle works in agreement with
government agencies or other NGOs to deploy teams of trained and
credentialed animal responders for assessment, search and rescue, and
emergency sheltering aid. We also report disaster news to inform the public
about ways they can support animal aid efforts.
LEARN MORE ABOUT KINSHIP CIRCLE
KINSHIP CIRCLE: http://www.KinshipCircle.org
ANIMAL DISASTER VICTIMS: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters
ACTION ALERT CENTER: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library
CHILE DISASTER AID: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile
World Animal Awareness Society
Core mission: To focus a lens on human-animal interactions and to share this
information with the world. World Animal Awareness Society is documenting
the Gulf oil spill for historical, educational and research purposes. Visual
data will be archived indefinitely and distributed via WA2S.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL EYES ON THE GULF
WORLD ANIMAL AWARENESS SOCIETY: http://www.wa2s.iorg
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