Who is Pen Farthing, and why did he assist in the emigration of 170 cats and dogs from Afghanistan?
PEN FARTHING has arrived in the UK with many of his rescued cats and dogs from Afghanistan. So, who is Pen Farthing, exactly?
After saving several animals from Afghanistan, Pen Farthing, the creator of an animal rescue sanctuary in the nation, has landed in the United Kingdom.
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan earlier this month, Mr Farthing has been lobbying to have the animals evacuated.
Mr Farthing’s mission to get rescue animals out of Afghanistan has been dubbed “Operation Ark.”
Mr Farthing tweeted on Sunday, “Arrived Heathrow with partial success of #OpArk.”
“Today, Afghans are experiencing mixed emotions and a great sense of sadness. Heathrow Ops, Border Force, HARC, and Air Pets were all incredible.
“I have personally witnessed Heathrow’s kindness towards Afghan refugees.”
Mr Farthing arrived at Heathrow Airport on a privately sponsored charter jet on Sunday morning, according to Dominic Dyer, an animal rights campaigner and fan of Mr Farthing.
The animal shelter received 170 dogs and cats, but the 24 staff members and dependents were unable to board the flight.
Mr Farthing’s employees in Afghanistan were granted visas by the UK government.
The personnel was denied access to the Kabul airport on Thursday, according to Mr Dyer, because the Taliban claimed they did not have the proper documents.
“Tragic and not the finale we wanted,” he said, “but we succumbed to the commotion and challenges of going through those gates.”
In recent weeks, Mr Farthing’s quest to aid Afghan rescue workers and animals has become a significant social media story.
“I believe it has taken up too much time of my top commanders dealing with this issue when they should be focused on dealing with the humanitarian crisis,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told LBC.
Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing, a former Royal Marine from Essex, founded the Nowzad animal refuge in Kabul, Afghanistan.
After serving in Afghanistan in the mid-2000s, Mr. Farthing founded the Nowzad shelter.
Mr Farthing founded the Nowzad Dogs charity after rescuing a dog he named Nowzad.
Mr Farthing was stationed in the Afghan town of Nowzad at the time.
Mr Farthing has been campaigning to get Afghan refugees and his rescue cats and dogs out of Afghanistan for the past few weeks.
Mr Farthing was named in 2014. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”