We’re reported before on the environmental mess left behind by the Dakota Access Pipeline protest neat the Standing Rock Indian reservation (here and here), but there’s still one more installment to the story that deserves to be entered in the ledger:
Piles of debris remain at Oceti Sakowin, the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp. Some of these items were donated by people who support the movement. Others were abandoned by protesters who left camp.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. (KFYR) – Crews continue to clean up the Oceti Sakowin protest camp. As officers moved in and protesters moved out, garbage wasn’t the only thing left behind
Two dogs and six puppies were found and rescued at the main Dakota Access Pipeline Camp by Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue.
The rescue group has been working hard to catch all the animals that were left behind at the camp. . .
“It’s a mess down there, so it’s really, really hard to find these animals and get them,” Julie Schirado with the rescue group said. “We have a couple cases of mange,” Hardy said. “I know we’ve had some problems with claws that haven’t been clipped before.” Some of the animals have frost bitten ears and patchy fur.
So let’s add it all up: protesters claiming to be concerned about nature and wildlife leave huge amounts of trash and abandoned vehicles that threaten the waterway they say is “sacred,” and abandon their own pets.