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Thai navy receives PETA award after rescuing cats from sinking ship



The Thai navy is celebrating receiving a PETA award after rescuing a group of cats from a sinking ship that had caught fire in the Andaman sea.  The Hero to Animals Award was given to the naval officials by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals group after Facebook user “Nookool.b” posted photos of the feline rescue mission.

The ship’s 8 member crew had jumped off the sinking Phamonsin Nava 10 and were rescued by a passing fishing ship, but noticed 4 cats were left onboard. Navy sailors rescued the cats by carrying them piggy‐back style across the water to the navy vessel unit. The felines were safely rescued and were in good condition, just a bit dehydrated.

“They carried each cat on their backs and swam back to the Navy vessel until every cat was rescued.”

PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker said their efforts had resonated with kind people around the world.

“Peta hopes their example will inspire everyone to keep an eye out for animals in danger and do whatever it takes to ensure their safety.”

PETA says they are sending the navy a framed certificate and letter of appreciation. The animal rights group has also offered to pay for the spaying or neutering of the cats.

In 1 rescue photo, a cat was shown to be riding piggy-back on a sailor as his crew mates pulled them both to safety. Other photos show the cats after they were rescued, enjoying food and cuddling in the naval command post in Koh Lipe.

Their rescuers, members from the Air and Coastal Defence Command Operation Unit 491, found the cats the day after they were deployed to assist the crew of the ship that had caught fire. The ship was located about 13 kilometres off Adang Island in the southern province of Satun

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    What a betrayal for the cats.
    They are rescued, and then spayed and neutured!
    I would have preferred to go down with the ship.

  2. Slugger

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Yes, we would have backed you.

  3. Das

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Many people would agree with you – that they would have preferred you go down with the ship.

  4. James Pate

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Treated cats better than the Rohingya.

  5. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Ha Ha.
    I am distraught that I am so little thought of on this forum

  6. Bill

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 11:35 am

    you guys are pure comedy

  7. Catman

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    So these people want cats on board their ship but first sign of trouble abandon them. Heartless.

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