Did you know that it is estimated that eight million horses were killed and another 2.5 million were injured as they transported soldiers and supplies to the battlefields in World War One?
While many a young man or woman willingly signed up to do their duty for their country, these animals who ‘served’ had no choice. They brought the soldiers, guns and supplies to the front lines through muck and destruction. Not just horses, other animals were also ‘enlisted’ for the cause. Dogs were used as messengers, medical assistants, bomb detectors and search and rescue workers. Even the birds were conscripted; carrier pigeons flew above the battlefields to deliver messages.
Many of these animals were injured, killed or left behind after the war. Many of their lives were simply forgotten as the world moved on.
We haven’t forgotten them.
Today we still work to protect our military, law enforcement and service animals. Humane Canada had a lead role in advocating for the Justice for Animals in Service Act, more commonly known as Quantos Law. The name of the law is in memorial to Police Dog Quanto, a German shepherd with four years of service and more than 100 arrests to his name, killed on the job in 2013. The law was enacted in 2015, as part of the federal animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada. This law makes harming or killing a police, military or service dog a special offence. We’ve seen charges being brought forward to discourage the assault and murder of service animals in Canada.
On Remembrance Day, Humane Canada places a wreath at the National War Memorial, during the ceremony in Ottawa to help us all remember the sacrifices made by these noble animals. #Lestweforget #AnimalWelfare