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