“Military Equipment” No More.

The US first used dogs in war in the early 1800s. (Pit bulls were used as protection and couriers during the Civil War!) Approximately 5,000 dogs were used by American forces during the Vietnam War, and were credited with saving over 10,000 lives. In spite of this, around 3,000 of them were abandoned to terrible fates when the US pulled out. In 2000, President Clinton signed a law that allowed military dogs to be adopted after their service instead of euthanized. Now…finally… thanks to┬áthe National Defense Authorization Act that President Obama has signed, military dogs are henceforth no longer “military equipment”, to be left behind in foreign lands, but military veterans. ┬áRegardless where you stand on the use of dogs (who are not volunteers) in wars (that they didn’t start), this is surely the very least we owe them.

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I've been a vegetarian for almost 30 years now, since adopting my first dog, and vegan for more than 10. Why? The simplest and truest answer is that I love animals, and knowing what happens to them just to satisfy selfish human desires makes consuming any animal products impossible. I am a NARN Board member because its goals, beliefs, and ethics are mine, and because nothing is ever done that doesn't have only the animals at heart. There are no politics, no factions, no arguments, no personal motives. As for my favorite quote, it is beyond a doubt Ralph Waldo Emerson's "The purpose of life is not to be happy. The purpose of life is to be useful. To be useful, compassionate, honorable, and to have it matter that you lived."

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