Commemorating the animal victims of war

Throughout the history of human conflicts, animals have been victims of war. During World War I, dogs and pigeons were used to deliver messages between frontline trenches and further afield.

K-Dog a Bottle Nose Dolphin belonging to Commander Task Unit (CTU-55.4.3),  leaps out of the water in front of Sergeant Andrew Garrett while training  near the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) operating in the Arabian Gulf, March 18,  2003. This is a multinational team consisting of Naval Special Clearance  Team-One, Fleet Diving Unit Three from the United Kingdom, Clearance Dive  Team from Australia, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Units Six and  Eight. These units are conducting deep/shallow water mine counter measure  operations to clear shipping lanes for humanitarian relief. The dolphins may  be used in mine-clearing work.   Pictures of the month April 2003 PP03040027  REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Brien Aho PP03030057   Pictures Of The Year 2003Horses, donkeys and elephants have been 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 to detect explosives, and thousands suffer and die each year in laboratories, infected with biological or chemical agents, or deliberately shot.