This highly publicized raid which resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi again raises the question of whether it is ethical or justifiable to use non-human animals in military and police operations, where the animals face great risks of injury and death. Here, Conan, the Belgian Malanois who is regarded as a hero, was slightly injured, but by report is now fully recovered. We asked featured Animals Today guests to share their thoughts on the use of animals in this fashion, and Lori shares the statements of Mark Momjian, JD, Lori Marino, PhD, Clive Wynne, PhD, and Marc Bekoff, PhD. We bet you will find their comments interesting!
Then, we have hot animal news: why studies using animals for drug development often do not translate to humans, the exploding growth of cultured meat, and the needless killing of a bobcat kitten by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Lori continues with a countdown of the bite power of the ten strongest nonhuman biters, with many frightening facts about lions, grizzly bears, gorillas, and crocodiles.
We conclude with Regina Lizik, Communications and Fundraising Manager at Animal Farm Foundation, an organization that brings dogs and people together to end discrimination by treating each dog as an individual. Lori and Regina speak about the group’s innovative programs supporting their mission.