An­i­mals also faced wartime hor­rors

Uxbridge Gazette - - Your Say -

THIS month marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

On this an­niver­sary, it’s so im­por­tant that we re­mem­ber the peo­ple and an­i­mals that lost their lives dur­ing this ter­ri­ble con­flict.

More than 16 mil­lion horses, don­keys and other an­i­mals were made to serve dur­ing the war, trans­port­ing ev­ery­thing from am­mu­ni­tion and mes­sages to food ra­tions and sup­plies. They hauled guns and pulled am­bu­lances, while cav­alry horses of­ten led the charge on the front line. They faced unimag­in­able hor­rors and, trag­i­cally, nine mil­lion of these an­i­mals were killed.

As we stop to re­mem­ber those who suf­fered and died a cen­tury ago, we must also not for­get that an­i­mals con­tinue to be in­no­cent vic­tims in bru­tal con­flicts across the world to­day. In re­cent years, SPANA has worked in war zones, from Kosovo and Iraq to Afghanistan, to pro­vide ur­gent vet­eri­nary treat­ment to an­i­mals in se­vere dis­tress. It is a sad re­al­ity that this ap­palling suf­fer­ing is not a dis­tant me­mory, con­signed to his­tory. Ge­of­frey Den­nis Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of The So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of An­i­mals Abroad

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