‘He didn’t jump the queue!’ Peter Egan erupts at Mike Parry on Afghan animal rescue chaos

Jeremy Vine: Peter Egan defends Pen Farthing for helping animals

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Mike Parry and actor Peter Egan went at each other on Jeremy Vine on Five programme on Friday morning as the pair discussed whether the former Royal Marines commando Pen Farthing had “jumped the queue” or not while attempting to evacuate from Afghanistan. The former soldier came to the spotlight following the fall of Kabul into the Taliban’s hands over his requests to flee Kabul along with over 200 rescue cats and dogs, and his staff.


Broadcaster Mike Parry said on the show: “Peter you talk about the fact that Pen has not tried to jump the queue.

“I accept that fully, but don’t you accept in this horror that is developing in front of our eyes, he pets!

“I’m talking about the dogs and the cats -have to go to the back of the queue?

He added: “Because the lives of humans are paramount.”

Mr Egan defended Pen Farthing, saying “they have been at the back of the queue for two weeks”.


“He didn’t jump the queue he’s been waiting for two weeks.

“And they also have a right to life.”

Mr Farthing and his supporters have campaigned to have his staff and their families as well as 140 dogs and 60 cats evacuated from Afghanistan in a privately funded plane. 


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He said Joe Biden had “stopped” his attempt to get the animals out of the country.

Mr Farthing said: “There’s nothing I can do. The staff are telling me it’s time for me to go. They don’t think a foreigner will be welcome here.

“Staff have asked me to take as many dogs and cats as I can.

“But now I can’t get them past the Taliban check points.”

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