Monday, December 10, 2012

Dog Veterans

The United States Army has used animals since the beginning of it's history.  Horses, mules and dogs have been the primary animals used in warfare with the US Army.  The dogs have a proud heritage of saving the lives of American servicemen by alerting patrols to the presence of enemy soldiers prior to the US troops being ambushed.  Service dogs often find mines and protect installations as well as guard prisoners.

In my opinion, animals that serve in the US military deserve many of the same privileges as human soldiers.  When their tour of duty is done, they should be returned to the United States and either returned to their original owner, be kept by their handler or given up for adoption. 

Just as police dogs are retired and given good lives after their time of service, so should military dogs.  We place these dogs in danger for our own purposes.  Just as the dogs provide us with selfless service we should not repay that trust by putting them down, or leaving them overseas.  We need to bring them home and take care of them; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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