NEWS AND COMMENT-AFGHANISTAN: This is shocking news. It is mad news, actually. American Humane, a non-profit group based in Washington DC has told the news media that the US military contract dogs employed in Afghanistan who did life-saving and dangerous work have been left behind to be potentially killed by the Taliban. In another post I have written about the speciesism operated by the Taliban and how dogs are seen as unclean while cats are normally accepted. I have also written about two dogs who were shot. They were owned by a guy called Dave, a friend of Mr Farthing, the founder of Nowzad who is now back in the UK as is Dave.
The pictures on this page are horrific. The dogs are in crates left completely abandoned. How will they survive like that? If they are abandoned in crates they might starve to death! Are the Taliban going to rescue them!? Bloody hell no. What is going on?
The point is though that the Taliban have an incredibly poor record with respect to the rights of dogs and human rights and to leave them behind like this is a form of madness and deep cruelty. This is madness because on the one hand Mr Farthing has spent tens of thousands of dollars in donations and worked very hard to reunite therapy and support dogs with military personnel who have returned to America, while on the other hand, we have dogs being abandoned by American personnel. What is going on? Common sense, reasonableness and sensibleness has been torn up.
The president of American Humane, Robin R. Ganzert said that the dogs deserve a better fate and that it “sickens us to sit idly by and watch these brave dogs who valiantly served our country be put to death or worse.”
It seems that these are contract dogs are not military dogs and therefore have a lower value. I may have that assessment wrong but that is the way it looks to me. American Humane wants these working dogs to be placed on the same level as military working dogs. The dogs are owned by private contractors.
It is hard to believe that this has happened. It is highly cynical and completely wrong but of course we have to recognise that it was an enormously difficult moment trying to get people out of Kabul in huge numbers and a great time pressure. We understand that is the reason why these dogs were left behind but I really cannot excuse these contractors for doing what they did. It goes against all moral standards of decency. It is desperately cruel behavior. It would be a crime in the US.