Tom Tugendhat responds to news of animal rescue in Afghanistan
MP Tom Tugendhat shared his dismay at the news that MOD resources were used to evacuate the Pen Farthing animals from Afghanistan.
Speaking to LBC on Saturday, the Tonbridge and Malling MP and former British Army officer questioned whether it was appropriate to direct resources to Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marines commando and founder of the rescue center animals from Kabul Nowzad and hundreds of his animals on a plane while the humans are left in Afghanistan.
In sobering thought, Mr. Tugendhat recounted how an interpreter asked “why is my five-year-old worth less than your dog?” Before asking host Matt Frei about how he would feel if an ambulance was sent to rescue a dog and not his mother.
Matt Frei asked the MP if Mr. Farthing’s robbery was “the right or wrong thing to do”.
Mr. Tugendhat replied, “People have focused on the planes. It is not the planes that are the problem.
“There is a lot of room on planes, they come and go relatively easily.
“The difficulty is getting people in and out of the airport and we just used a lot of troops to bring in 200 dogs.
“Meanwhile, my interpreter’s family is at risk of being killed.
He added that another interpreter asked him why his five-year-old was “worth less than your dog”.
“I didn’t have an answer, what would your answer be?” ” he said.
Mr Tugendhat went on to suggest that the resources used to help Mr Farthing and his animals could have been used elsewhere as he compared the situation to a medical emergency.
He said: ‘We run an NHS in the UK which charges us all about one in seven pounds we spend.
“How about if I sent an ambulance to save my dog rather than save your mother?” “
Watch the full clip below:
“How about if I sent an ambulance to save my dog instead of your mother?” “
– LBC (@LBC) August 28, 2021
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