"Evacuate the children, put up the blackout curtains, kill the cat."
October 12, 2013 12:24 PM Subscribe
Advice to UK animal owners
posted by Wordshore (24 comments total)
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just before World War Two broke out: "If at all possible, send or take your household animals into the country in advance of an emergency." It concluded: "If you cannot place them in the care of neighbours, it really is kindest to have them destroyed."
BBC: "As many as 750,000 British pets were killed in just one week."
Dr Hilda Kean
: In London, at the start of war in September 1939, more than 400,000 cats and dogs died at their owner’s behest in just four days: more than six times the number of civilian deaths throughout the entire country during the whole of the Second World War.
: Many believed that the Government had issued instructions for their destruction to take place. This, however, was a rumour. The Times of the 7th September carried a report denying such an instruction and urged owners not to destroy their animals unless they were going away or being evacuated.
: "Half of London's pets must have been wiped out and people will regret it soon."