Military Dogs Play Roles in Iraq and Afghanistan

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But the grand tradition continues in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tags: afghanistan military military force iraq dogs We chain them, use them for experiments, eat them in some countries and make them wear funny sweaters in others. But we also use them to fight our wars and intimidate our detainees. The most famous example of military dogs is the Vietnam dogs who faithfully served American soldiers and then were abandoned to unknown fates after we left the country.

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Dogs Greet Soldier Returning from Iraq

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This one is making the rounds. Happy Friday. Happy Dogs

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Your Tax Dollars at Work Building Iraqi Feedlots

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A recently established international partnership will focus on developing a “strong and viable beef and lamb feedlot industry” for Iraq, according to project participants. and Iraqi governmental agencies, universities and agribusiness groups and individuals will bring new private-sector economic opportunities to Iraq, they said. Tags: feedlots economic development iraq factory farm agribusiness From our "good friends" at Agrilife News.

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Baghdad Zoo Wants Animals

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Tags: zoos iraq

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Military Dogs Experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Here is a profile of one such dog who served in Iraq. I had read about military dogs who, after serving in a war zone, actually experienced post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Norway Knights Penguin, Ostrich Denied Again

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Nils Olav, a king penguin on the Norwegian King's Guard , was bestowed a knighthood for simultaneously defusing an IED while taking out a machine gun in Iraq. OK, I don't think Norway even has troops in Iraq.

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The BS of Animal Research

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It's just like what the Republicans did to the Democrats in the US before going into Iraq. If you didn't support the war in Iraq, or president w, then you were a traitor to your country. I like this post on Primate Freedom. Here's part of my response (I'd been thinking about posting these thoughts recently anyway.).People People who support animal research cloak themselves in altruism. They are only researching on animals because they "put people first." That's a lie.

Sen. Franken to Introduce Bill to Increase Use of Service Dogs for Vets

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Al Franken (suck on that Bill O'Reilly) has introduced a bill to increase the number of service dogs for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. My bill will help train a statistically significant number of dogs to measure the benefits to veterans with physical and emotional wounds. The program would be monitored and refined over a three-year period to optimize its effectiveness. Frankly, I believe it is enough simply to improve the lives of those of whom we asked so much.

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Military Used Pigs in Brain Injury Research

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troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lovely. Military researchers have dressed live pigs in body armor and strapped them into Humvee simulators that were then blown up with explosives to study the link between roadside bomb blasts and brain injury. For an 11-month period that ended in December, researchers subjected pigs and rats to about 200 blasts, according to Pentagon documents and interviews. The explosions have ranged in intensity, wounding some of the pigs and killing others.

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Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash

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Hero Dogs and their heroic handlers who attended the event included: WMD Bino C152 , the winner of the Military Dog category who served in Iraq and now helps comfort soldiers with PTSD. Sage , the winner of the Search and Rescue category who served in Iraq and at the Pentagon following the 9/11 terror attacks. On November 7th, Capitol Hill’s “ Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash ” celebrated America’s military heroes.

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

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Consider this: Every month, it takes $12 billion to fund America's involvement in the Iraq War. When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent.

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And Man Created Dog

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A Veteran’s Best Friend ” – Meet an incredible therapy dog named Tuesday who helps an Iraq veteran to overcome his debilitating PTSD.

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Welcome Home Mama & Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldiers Beloved Dogs

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Pets In Iraq – Excerpt from Mama & Boris. So when Peter calls and excitedly tells us stories about a small pack of five dogs that has started coming around the base—a mother and her four pups—I laugh and think, of course he has pets in Iraq. I have to remind him that we can’t ship everything to Iraq; there’s only so much our boxes will hold.

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Puerto Rico Ships Monkey to.Baghdad?

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I am no fan of zoos, especially in an unstable country like Iraq. The Baghdad Zoo rakes in some more animals. Puerto Rico is using it as a dumping ground for "nuisance" monkeys. Puerto Rico is eager to rid itself of the estimated 2,000 patas and rhesus monkeys that have taken a toll on wildlife and agriculture in the Lajas Valley since escaping from nearby research centers 30 years ago. "We We will give them all the monkeys they want," said Sgt.

Mad about the Congo

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I am no supporter of the Iraq War. I suppose I've come to this pretty late and gorilla people already knew that this trouble was brewing. The rebel forces in the Congo have controlled the gorilla sector of Virunga since 2007. Clearly, I haven't been following this as I should have been. Right now, I am frustrated with the EU and the UN. This whole mess reminds me of other similar situations.Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda.

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From the Mailbag

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Example: A reference to "still undemocratic Iraq" makes the assertion that eventually Iraq will be democratic. Keith: What I call "editorializing by adverb" is the practice of inserting an adverb into a statement to make an assertion without seeming to make an assertion. But typically the writer will not stop to argue in favor of this assertion, hoping by the subtle use of an adverb to escape the need of justifying his assertion.

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Service Members Get a Second Chance with Service Dogs

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In early 2009, in recognition of the increasing number of “Wounded Warriors” that were returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, FSD made the decision to concentrate its efforts on identifying deserving disabled veterans and matching them with a trained service dog companion.

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From Today's New York Times

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It sent more than 300,000 troops to help us in Vietnam, was a quick and generous supporter of Desert Storm in 1991, and for several years had the third-largest deployment of troops in Iraq, following our invasion of that country five years ago. To the Editor: Re “ South Koreans Assail U.S.

Thomas E. Hill Jr on the Basis of Human Dignity

Animal Ethics

President Bush's invasion of Iraq could have been right (i.e., The person who most completely lives as an autonomous person, then, is the one for whom the disposition to follow the Categorical Imperative is most effective. That is, he not only conforms to the principles that he freely adopted but does so because they are principles that he freely and rationally adopted. This is the person most completely "self-governing."