US military contract dogs left behind in Afghanistan locked in carriers inside buildings!

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.

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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.

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Michael Broad

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4 Responses

  1. tamara beinlich says:

    If you can any donation amount will help. Network for Animals is a great organization they are helping Kabul Small Animal Rescue still get out of Afghanistan. I gave $20, it’s all I could afford.

  2. tamara beinlich says:

    First people were outraged dogs took seats people should have had. Then they got outraged the dogs were left behind. Just more b.s. from the outraged class. Joe is damned if he do damned he don’t. As a military family and member of IVAW Joe did one hell of a job considering he didn’t make the deal in March 2020 to leave Afghanistan.

  3. Anonymous says:

    US Military dog’s got reserved seats while Afghans were squeezed into plane

  4. tamara beinlich says:

    These dogs belong to Kabul Small Animal Rescue. They were waiting for their plane but had to open the crates and leave them loose at the airport. They are not American service dogs.

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