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LDAF Ships Animal Crates to Plaquemines Parish for Bird Rescue

BATON ROUGE (May 6, 2010) - Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is shipping 3,000 animal crates to Plaquemines Parish for bird rescue and other animal use in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The crates will house seabirds and other animals harmed by the oil spill.
Strain said the crates will be delivered to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries officials on Thursday, May 6.

“The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry stands ready to assist in the oil spill response in any way,” Strain said. The crates were previously used for pet evacuation during hurricanes Gustav and Ike The crates are being shipped from an animal evacuation facility at Dixon Correctional Institute near Zachary and the Central Louisiana State Hospital in Pineville.

The LDAF is monitoring the oil spill’s movement and studying the possible impact to domestic animals and agriculture.

“Our emergency management team is planning for all contingencies,” Strain said.

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