Former Royal Marines Paul Penn Farsing, who founded an animal shelter in Afghanistan, landed in Heathrow with more than 150 cats and dogs after a noisy and controversial evacuation from Kabul.
Approximately 24 Afghan staff and other dependents in his Nauzad reserve remain stuck in the Taliban-controlled Kabul, which charities have described as a “terrible blow.”
When he returned to Britain, Farsing said he had “complex emotions” and “true deep sorrow” for Afghanistan. He praised those helping refugees at Heathrow Airport and suggested that his own evacuation efforts, what was called “Operation Ark,” were “partial successes.”
The Essex-born veteran returns to a similar mixed reaction to his evacuation mission, which has garnered celebrity and large-scale public support, but is labeled distraction and influential by Defense Minister Ben Wallace. A Tory lawmaker asked me about Mr. Farsing’s reason. In the race to rescue thousands from the Taliban, dog life seems to have been prioritized over the lives of the Afghan people.
Visas were issued to staff and their dependents who were eligible to evacuate by British military airlift, but Farsing refused to leave Afghanistan without pets, leaving about 200 dogs and cats abroad. I was aiming to take him out.
His campaign to evacuate his staff and animals quickly gained attention in Britain and was endorsed by many people and celebrities, including Ricky Gervais and Judi Dench.
However, in the tense days that followed, Wallace accused supporters of the founder of the charity of “abusing” defense ministry officials. The Sunday Times Farsing has released the voice of an abusive voice email allegedly sent to Wallace’s special adviser, Peter Quentin. He threatened to “destroy f ******” social media aides unless he hurried to evacuate.
Mr. Farsing, a 22-year Marine, said he, his animals, and his staff were back due to changes in paperwork rules after “passing through hell” to arrive at Kabul Airport on Thursday. Said that he was directed.
As a result, they realized they were involved in the turmoil caused by an Isis-related terrorist attack that killed 13 U.S. troops lining up to escape the Taliban and at least 179 Afghan civilians. I did.
According to the Department of Defense (MoD), Mr Farsing and his animals were supported by the military through Kabul Airport on Friday.
According to animal welfare activist and supporter of Mr. Farsing, Dominique Dier, he and his animals escaped Kabul the next day and departed on a privately owned charter flight full of vacant seats.
Mr. Dier claimed that the British government had been sued “to see if refugees in the airport could fill the seats,” but “they were the ones who could actually fill the aircraft. Said no one. “
“In fact, they had more air capacity than people, which probably tells you terrible things about the final day of withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Dyer said.
Britain’s evacuation efforts at Kabul Airport, the largest since World War II, ended Saturday night after rescuing 15,000 people within two weeks. At least 1,000 eligible Afghans are left behind, but Labor believes the actual numbers are close to 5,000.
Farsing’s staff are “still at their home,” and charities are in contact with them, Dier added. It is out at the moment. “
In a Saturday statement confirming that Mr Farsing was “safe now,” after the charity left Kabul, Knowzad said: I will do my best to help them. “
Meanwhile, Dr. Ian Magill, a veterinarian who flew with Mr. Farsing, said the rescued animals (90-100 dogs and 60-70 cats) “think about what they experienced. And … overall it’s in a very good shape. “
He said the animals were checked and went to the quarantine kennel, adding that “as you can imagine, they are not short of homes for these animals.”
However, it is probably a sign of Whitehall’s sour mood for Mr. Farsing, rather than a real threat to the future well-being of animals. The Sunday Times One senior official said: [the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs] You need to put them down. “
They referred to the recent attention-grabbing plea of seeking amnesty on behalf of animals sentenced to death after being tested positive for tuberculosis in cattle, saying, “Speed will be alpaca Geronimo. “He added.
Animal rescue has been a source of frustration for some lawmakers, as the outlook for thousands of Afghans remains dire ahead of the US withdrawal deadline on Tuesday.
“What if you sent an ambulance to save your dog instead of your mom?” Tory lawmaker Tom Tagendat, who served British troops in Afghanistan, told LBC on Saturday. “We have used a lot of troops to bring in 200 dogs. During that time, my interpreter’s family could be killed.”
“As an interpreter asked me a few days ago,’Why is my 5-year-old kid less valuable than your dog?'” Said Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. ..
However, Farsing’s supporters claim that Operation Ark did not sit in a British evacuation flight or deplete resources from official operations.
Farsing’s UK-based spokesperson, Dier, said the founder of the charity “endangers life in Kabul and takes people and animals to the UK” and “smear campaign.” He said he was the “national hero” he was facing. According to government officials.
Mr. Farsing talks about the staff Sun Saturday: “It’s very depressing that I had to leave them behind. Some of them came to the airport with me, but crossing the border from the Taliban to British rule I wasn’t allowed.
“I feel so much. I feel so sad to them, relieved to me, and happy to the animals. When I said goodbye, I had a lot of tears.”