Sentient has sent a letter of support to the organisers of the upcoming ANZAC commemoration, pushing for the acknowledgment of the important role that animals have played in war throughout history.
Dear Advisory Board
It is our understanding that the May budget allocated $83.5 million to the upcoming Anzac Centenary celebrations 2014-2018 and that decisions are currently being made about how this money should be used in the commemorations. Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics, urges you to consider and acknowledge the role performed by animals during World War One. It is estimated that between seven and nine million horses died during World War One. Dogs, pigeons, and other animals met similar fates.
We believe that the use of this significant number of animals, both in their military function, and companionship to those serving, deserves our nation's acknowledgement. The inclusion in the ceremony of their role would highlight the importance of the human-animal bond and would be a moving tribute to the enormity of sacrifices made by personnel.
Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics