Fuck the pets.
I appreciate that many people have many pets they care deeply about. I realize that for some people, you know, their pets may be as close as they have to children. But I just read a PETA ad that complained that "Federal authorities are forcing many evacuees to choose between bringing vital medicine and their dog."
Sorry, but saving peoples' lives has to come before saving the lives of their pets. Considering we are still losing people every day to Katrina and our government's incompetency on multiple levels (primarily in the leadership, to be fair), you know, we really shouldn't be worrying too much about the pets. When all of the people have been reasonably accounted for, then by all means, save the pets - but until then, the people have to come first. I've had pets, and I loved them, but having had both pets and children, I can say that there's honestly no comparison. It's not even close. It's a terrible decision to have to make, and I don't want to sound flippant - I understand that, I have some idea of how painful it is. I lost pets before, and I'm not ashamed to say I cried at their loss. But what I am saying is that I think that, terrible or not, there are limited resources and we have to make tough decisions, and the right thing to do is to save the people first. I don't envy anyone who has to make that decision - or enforce it - but I do think it's clearly the right one.