Military Dogs Play Roles in Iraq and Afghanistan

Critter News

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

Critter News

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

Critter News

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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The BS of Animal Research

Critter News

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.

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. I kid. The IED was already defused. To the article: FOR the commanding officer of the Norwegian King's Guard, it was a moment as surreal as it was moving.

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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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

Critter News

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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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

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. I know he's a conservationist, therefore I know he will advocate for "managing" the "resources" that are sentient nonhumans. And managing means killing them, breeding them, and otherwise fiddling with their populations. This is all very unveganly, but I went for it nevertheless.

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More Birds Than Bullets: a book review

10,000 Birds

A cheeky lad, Geoffrey McMullan was regularly subjected to brutal discipline at his English boarding school. He found some solace when, at age eleven, he became entranced with birds – specifically, with a Green Woodpecker — and that sighting, he says, “took me to another, safer world.” .

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. On Sunday, August 8 at 9PM ET/PT, And Man Created Dog on NGC traces the history of man’s best friend from its origins in the wild to the evolution of dogs as ultimate companions and even laborers. Coinciding with this program is the publication of Made For Each Other , which is written by Meg Olmert, who wrote the NGC show.

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“Birds of Cyprus” field guide review

10,000 Birds

His work in Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey remains inspirational to researchers throughout the region. For the last two decades, Europe and the greater Mediterranean have been covered by one of the best field guides anywhere: “Collins Bird Guide” by Lars Svensson et al.,

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. The Dublin Dog Foundation (DDF) has partnered with Freedom Service Dogs, Inc. FSD) for their second annual philanthropic campaign.

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Potpourri of Amazing Bird Science

10,000 Birds

So, here we go… Fighting in Iraq has been affecting starlings. But in Iraq, and more exactly, Kurdistan and Iraqi Kurdistan, they are supposed to be there (and are regularly hunted and eaten) and the fighting is not supposed to be there. I was going to have something for you this month about the dinosaur-bird thing, but I never got to it. The gallery at Analiese Miller’s site with her Sax Zim shots.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

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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Critically Endangered: Sociable Lapwing

10,000 Birds

Sociable Lapwings breed in several areas along the Kazakhstani – Russian border and overwinter in Iraq, Sudan and northwest India. Gujarat, December 2010. Target for today: critically endangered Sociable Lapwing ( Vanellus gregarius ). The official definition of CR status says the species could be gone within ten years, or could lose 80 per cent of its population within three generations – whichever comes first.

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The Search for the Holy Grail

10,000 Birds

The other part of its attractiveness may be coming from the fact that it breeds in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan – countries seldom visited by foreign birders. Grey Hypocolius is a Holy Grail of Middle Eastern birding. Not because it is rare – it isn’t, just widely scattered and ill-numbered. Or because it is endangered – it isn’t. Part of its attraction lies in it being a monotypic bird in the family Hypocoliidae – there are no other bird species in its genus and family.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

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.

The Feather Thief: A Book Review

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government (Johnson had worked in Iraq for USAID, where he learned about his friends and colleagues problems first-hand). There’s more than one obsession in The Feather Thief , and though the mind boggles at the lengths to which the obsessed go in order to satiate their passions, as a birder I couldn’t help but feel a sense of kinship. And, rage and frustration.

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The Rarest Bird I’ve Ever Seen

10,000 Birds

They nest on the vast central plains of Asia and winter in inhospitable places like Iraq and Pakistan, and rarely visited places like the White Desert of Kutch in Gujarat. In India, everything takes about three times longer than you expect it to.

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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."

Should is not a Solution

10,000 Birds

The Iraq War was a demonstration of the most dangerous and beguiling aspect of the should – the belief that what should be is so obvious that a nudge will make it so. Invade… I’m sorry, liberate Iraq and we’ll be welcomed with flowers and democracy will spring forth. My post last week where I defended game hunting as a conservation tool has, unaccountably, encountered a certain amount of push back.

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Use it or lose it?

10,000 Birds

During the decades that preceded the Iraq war there were two schools of view on how to deal with that country and its troublesome leader. There were the neocons, which despite their association with the authoritarian right wing government of George W Bush were wide eyed idealists who believed that you could make the world a better place, and there were the realists, who thought the world was essentially bricked and the best you could hope for was some stability.

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Birds and People: A Book Review

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and also Modern Iraq, Egypt, Albania, Mexico, Poland and the Philippines. It took me a while to wrap my mind around the concept of Birds and People , Mark Cocker and David Tipling’s book that, in 592 pages, explores the intersection of just that—birds and us. I’m not sure why. It’s not like I had forgotten lists created with friends of ‘songs with birds in the lyrics’, my personal favorites being Sondheim’s Green Finch and Linnet Bird and the Beatles’ Blackbird.

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Birding the Great German Poo Trail

10,000 Birds

This stunning White-tailed Lapwing is currently residing in the North of Germany which is remarkable as it should really be in Iraq right now. “Poo Ponds” are normal here, but what happens everywhere else? Do you all help out the birds when you go to the toilet? Clare M , in a recent mail to all the beat writers Yes, it is true.

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