Rememberance Day: today, 11th November

Posted on November 11, 2012

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Today (11th November), is Remembrance Sunday; on the Veggies AR calendar it is also Rememberance Day, for animals in war.

‘… Throughout history, animals have suffered and died as a result of human conflicts.

Remember the animals by wearing a purple poppy from Animal Aid or request their booklet Animals: The Hidden Victims of War

During World War I, dogs and pigeons were used to deliver messages between frontline trenches and further afield. Horses, donkeys and even elephants have been routinely used as beasts of burden, while a shocking array of animals – from bears to deer – have been kept as pets in the midst of battle.

Today, animals continue to be used in the battlefield to detect explosives, and thousands suffer and die each year in laboratories, infected with biological or chemical agents, or deliberately shot or otherwise damaged.

To commemorate all the animal victims, Animal Aid has issued a purple poppy, which can be worn alongside the traditional red one, as a reminder that both humans and animals have been – and continue to be – victims of war.

The purple poppies cost £1 each (including postage and packing) and are available from http://www.animalaid.org.uk or by calling 01732 364546.

A free copy of Animal Aid’s colour booklet, Animals: the hidden victims of war, accompanies each order.

See ANIMALS – The hidden victims of war at http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/experiments/ALL/318/

Peace Pledge Union White Poppies for Peace: http://www.poppy.org.uk/

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal: http://www.poppy.org.uk/

See also Animal Remembrance Service listing at http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=1397 …’

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