Downing Avenue has denied claims made by a whistleblower that animals from a rescue shelter had been transported from Kabul in a “direct trade-off” with British nationals and Afghan refugees.
The denial adopted whistleblower Raphael Marshall’s claims to MPs that the Overseas Workplace obtained “an instruction from the prime minister” to make use of “appreciable capability” to assist airlift 170 rescue animals from the Nowzad Shelter on a chartered airplane.
Former marine and founding father of Nowzad, Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing launched Operation Ark, a controversial marketing campaign to carry his shelter’s animals to the UK from Afghanistan when the Taliban took management in August.
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A chartered flight organized by the charity introduced 100 canines and 70 cats to the UK, and Nowzad workers had been later evacuated from the nation.
However what occurred to the canines Pen Farthing rescued from Afghanistan and the place are the Nowzad animals now? Right here’s all the pieces you’ll want to know.
Who’s Pen Farthing and why was he in Afghanistan?
Pen Farthing is a former Royal Marines Commando and the founding father of the Nowzad animal rescue charity.
Farthing was impressed to arrange the charity after spending six months with a stray canine that he named after the city he discovered him in throughout his deployment to Afghanistan in 2006.
He arrange the charity in 2007 to assist animals in Afghanistan and reunite ex-servicemen with canines and cats they knew from their time within the nation.
Nowzad additionally helps to humanely management Kabul’s stray animal inhabitants through the use of a trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programme.
Farthing has beforehand been nominated for awards together with the Day by day Mirror’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the RSPCA Animal Hero Awards, and he received CNN’s Hero of the Yr Award in 2014 for his work with the Nowzad charity.
What occurred to the canines Pen Farthing rescued from Afghanistan?
As of November 25, the cats and canines of Pen Farthing’s Operation Ark are coming to the tip of their 4 months in quarantine and will probably be changing into out there for adoption.
If you happen to assume you may supply one among Nowzad’s animals a house, hold checking the charity’s adoptions web page for extra data.
Farthing had been campaigning to get his workers and animals delivered to the UK on a non-public airplane, however confronted difficulties after the UK Defence Minister Ben Wallace insisted that he would “prioritise individuals over pets”.
After touchdown safely at London Heathrow in August, Nowzad’s canines and cats had been put into quarantine in government-owned kennels for 4 months whereas they had been examined for rabies and different ailments.
The ex-marine’s mission to evacuate Kabul along with his workers and Nowzad Shelter rescue animals gripped the nation and divided public opinion earlier this 12 months with many individuals accusing Farthing of taking over assets that might have been used to move extra individuals from Kabul.
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