Afghanistan – NOWZAD (Pen Farthing) Latest News 26/8/21. Plane leaving Luton (London UK) to evacuate loads of rescue animals and their staff.

Afghanistan – NOWZAD (Pen Farthing) Latest News 26/8/21.

Ex UK Royal Marine Commando Pen With stray Afghan rescued dog.

Afghanistan: Plane leaving Luton (London UK) to evacuate rescue animals and staff

A plane is expected to leave Luton Airport later to evacuate staff and animals from a charity in Afghanistan.

The campaign to get Nowzad sanctuary founder Paul “Pen” Farthing along with animals and staff out of Kabul has become known as Operation Ark.

The privately funded plane is due to land on Friday but Mr Farthing said he was not being allowed into the airport.

There had been criticism about prioritising animals over people, but approval was given for the flight.

Royal Marine veteran Mr Farthing, who is from Essex, founded the Nowzad animal shelter, rescuing dogs, cats and donkeys after serving in Afghanistan in the mid-2000s.

He has said he would not leave the country without his staff or animals.

It is understood Mr Farthing has about 68 staff and 150 cats and dogs as well as other people described as “vulnerable”.

Read it all and see photos at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58340272

More reading from ‘The Guardian’ (London).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/26/uk-defence-secretary-complains-about-pleas-to-rescue-pets-from-kabul

Regards Mark

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