There animals out there that have actual jobs. They get up every morning, put on their uniforms and get out in the field.
We see some of them in our every day lives like guidance dogs or therapy animals. They seem to make us feel better and it looks like they always have a good time doing it as well.
Should animals be used in dangerous jobs?
But some animals work in conditions that no human could endure. Detection dogs, military dogs all work in extremely dangerous environments and sometimes get hurt in the process. They do a terrific job guiding the troops, sniffing out bombs and tracking targets. But is asking them to do something, we would prefer not to do, ethical? Should animals be used in dangerous jobs?
A cute good boy was recently involved in the capturing operation of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He was injured in the process but thankfully he is okay now. President Donald Trump even tweeted about him and recognized his efforts with the nation.
We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019
This topic was rather a controversial one. As it is known that apart from being physically injured dogs can get PTSD and show symptoms such as attempting to run away, show withdrawal and a change of behaviour with their handlers. So is awarding them in a way like this really enough?
It is hard to answer the question of whether it is ethical to use animals in dangerous jobs and there are 2 views on the matter.
Two sides of a coin
While some people agree that putting dogs or any kind of animals through these situations is not ethical, they believe that for the future of the nation, using animals in armed forces is something necessary until a more humane solution is found.
Even though it is unknown whether dogs with occupations enjoy performing their everyday tasks, they seem happy most of the time. It is really hard to tell unless they start showing some heavy signs.
The other party on the other hand, strongly believes that forcing occupations on animals is an act of cruelty and should be stopped. While some extremists on the subject also question the existence of service animals, they unite under the roof of preventing animal cruelty.
Personally, I know that this is a very sensitive issue and for the record, I am against all sorts of animal cruelty. However, I believe that, when it comes to national security and the well-being of our nation, we need animals on our side.
Yes, what they do is extremely dangerous, but it is almost impossible for a human to do the tasks they do. We cannot sniff out drugs as fast as them nor chase down a scent. I sincerely hope that we find a way to not need their service in these dangerous jobs but until that day, we should comfort ourselves with the fact that they do have a good time with their working pals and handlers.