Animals in War - We will remember them
Armistice Day, 11th November 2016
One aspect of war that is not highlighted enough is the role animals play in war and how they are affected by it.
War is a terrible thing. Humans start it and yet animals are badly affected by it.
In London, there's a memorial called Animals in War, pictured right.
Beneath the main heading "Animals in War", the memorial has two inscriptions:
"This monument is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time."
The second, smaller inscription simply reads:
"They had no choice."
The British, Commonwealth and Allied forces enlisted millions of animals. They were chosen for a range of their natural instincts. Huge numbers were killed, often suffering terrible deaths from wounds, starvation, thirst, exhaustion, disease and exposure.
Horses, mules, donkeys, dogs, pigeons, elephants, camels, oxen, bullocks, cats, rats, canaries and even glow worms... they were all affected. And millions more wildlife are affected as fighting takes place on their territories.
"The monument is a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century."
|So on Armistice Day when the two minutes silence takes place, please spare a thought for all those animals who have died in war and who have been and are today affected by it. Let us remember them.|