Monday, May 25, 2009

Remember the Animals who Served, Suffered, and Died

The above painting, "Good Bye Old Man" is owned by Britain's Blue Cross.

Today please remember the many animals who gave their lives,
 conscripted to serve humans in war:

Statistics of the heavy, heavy toll of war born by those 
who had no choice (stats from BBC article, 11/24/2004 ).

Horses - Eight million killed in WWI alone, carrying men, arms and supplies into battle
Pigeons - 200,000 used as messengers in WWII. Of 17,000 parachuted into enemy territory, fewer than one in eight returned.
Dogs - used to hunt mines and search for the wounded. Still routinely used today
Mules - used as transport in the Burmese jungle, with their vocal chords slashed to keep them quiet
Camels, oxen and elephants - used for similar purposes elsewhere
Dolphins and sea lions - used today to find underwater mines and protect ships
Glow worms - used in WWI as an aid for map reading


mountain.mama said...

That was a very sad post, but it's worth remembering the animals too.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Thank you so much for reminding us that animals sacrificed as mush as humans to guard our freedoms, and they did so at our request.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Great post. It is a good time to remember the animals who served and lost their lives. It's very sad, I'm sure they weren't treated very well while they were alive either.

Lori Skoog said...

My horses are so lucky...when I read your post it made me very sad.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Heartwrenching sad photos..such devotion to their handlers..forgotten heroes..thanks for this post:)

Esther Garvi said...

It's easy to forget the voiceless. Thanks for the reminder, Cherie. War has slaughtered many men, women, children and critters for no reason.

Anonymous said...

My Dad Packed mules for the US army in Burma in WW2. He taught packing at the Army 10th Mountain Div in colorado. I continue to keep these skills alive packing myself and teaching others. Thank you for remembering we are all Gods creatures.