Should animals be used in dangerous jobs?
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 Should animals be used in dangerous jobs? We also ask them about 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.
Animals with the strongest bites
How much bite force does a human have? Believe it or not, there are some animals in the animal kingdom who have 10 or 20 times the amount of bite power than humans. Dr Lori Kirshner continues with a countdown of the Animals with the strongest bites which covers the bite power of the ten strongest nonhuman biters, with many frightening facts about lions, grizzly bears, gorillas, and crocodiles.
Wild animals have many amazing physical traits to their battle for survival, including the ability to use their teeth and jaws for feeding and of course self defense. There comes as no surprise that the Animals with the strongest bites often belong to some serious predators who are at the top of the food chain.
Treating dogs as Individuals
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.