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05-08-2003, 12:59 AM
Australia Plans War Memorial for Animals

Tue May 6, 2003 10:04 AM ET

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia plans to build a memorial to the hundreds of thousands of horses, donkeys, dogs and pigeons and other animals which died fighting their country's wars.
The Australian branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said on Tuesday that work on the $214,000 memorial would begin by the end of the year.

"We sent an estimated 100,000 horses to World War One alone. Only one came back," said an RSPCA spokeswoman.

The memorial will be dedicated to the horses, donkeys and camels that hauled wagons, artillery or men; pigeons that carried messages or warned of gas attack; dogs that sniffed for mines or hunted the enemy; and mascots, like monkeys, that armies have long taken with them on campaign.

"It's about all the animals that played a variety of roles in war," the RSPCA spokeswoman told Reuters.

War has been high on people's minds recently with Australia's participation in the U.S.-led conflict in Iraq.

Tens of thousands turned out on April 25 to commemorate a disastrous World War One battle in Turkey in which 10,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers died.

The RSPCA said an animal war memorial was also in the works in Britain.


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