Saturday, 14 November 2009

*Animal rememberance

These pictures are from last Sunday's remembrance service for animals in war at the animals monument in Marble Arch.

Sue Baumgardt, Green Party Animal Rights Spokesperson and myself laid a wreath of purple poppies. We were also joined by Steve Norman, well known AR campaigner and target ward candidate in East Finchley.

The service was conducted by Rev. Pastor James Thompson, who is called The Animal Padre. In his sermon he mentioned that at the start of WW1 the Army commandeered all the mules available. However, mules, as with most animals, do not like loud bangs and the general noise of war and brayed a lot in fear. The Army considered this bad for morale, so had tens of thousands of mules operated on and their voice boxes removed.

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