As Remembrance Day approaches, it is important to remember that war is not just a human catastrophe.
Millions of animals have also been killed and maimed in human conflicts.
On the frontline, animals such as dolphins have been used to detect mines, and dogs have been parachuted into enemy territory where many of them died.
Animals also suffer in laboratories across the globe – including the notorious Porton Down facility in Wiltshire.
Here, animals such as monkeys, rats and guinea pigs are used to test weaponry and made to suffer the devastating effects of chemical warfare agents.
Farm and companion animals are also victims of war – when the bombs start to fall, and people flee, the animals are left to take the brunt of the bombing.
Animals do not start wars and they do not create weaponry, yet because humans do, they are made to suffer in war zones and in laboratories.
The very least we do can do for them is to remember those animals for what they truly are: victims not heroes.
To order an ‘Animals in War’ pack, please contact Animal Aid at the telephone number: 01732 364546.
Tod Bradbury, Campaigns Team, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent