In any disaster, attempt must be made to save animals, and livestock. In Australia, in one of its great flood years back, livestock were rounded up and placed at higher points. In many of California brush fires, the National Guard were rounding up trapped animals, domesticated or wild, out of harms way.
I was relieved to know that in Pekan, Pahang, domesticated animals like cows and goats and even chicken were being rounded up as well by the local authorities and volunteers.
During the height of the flood in Pekan I saw hundreds of livestock taking shelter by the road shoulders. And these animals were given greens to eat, now this kind of humane act that will make me have more faith in us human kind! We have proven that as the one on top of the food chain we still care and will protect the helpless in times of trouble.
I was lucky enough to be at one of the disaster meetings, where everyone was taken by a HUGE surprise when Pekan member of parliament, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak said: "Those animals that I saw by the road sides must also be rescued and to be taken care off, at once!"
One committee member was overheard saying: "We actually never thought of it, my God he is right!"
So the fate of hundreds of helpless livestock was saved! My take is, we as a thinking human specie, we must not be selfish and to only think for ourselves. We are also sharing this planet with millions other species, so we have to care!