Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Dear Animal Advocates,
Each branch of the Armed Forces uses military working dogs (MWDs) in service to the country.
Many of these intelligent, loyal animals serve alongside our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they have prevented countless injuries and saved lives. Unfortunately, these heroic dogs are currently classified as “equipment” by the U.S. Department of Defense.
This classification not only trivializes these animals’ contributions, it also makes it difficult to transport dogs serving in foreign lands back to the United States for adoption once they’re ready for civilian life.
The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act will remedy this issue by reclassifying MWDs as “canine members of the armed forces” and instituting programs to assist with their placement and veterinary care after retirement from service—all without using federal funds. This legislation seems like a no-brainer, and yet the bill has only seven cosponsors in the Senate.
What You Can Do
We need to generate greater support for the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act in the U.S. Senate.
Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online right now to email your two U.S. senators in Washington, D.C., and urge them to cosponsor the bill.
Thank you, advocates, for standing up for America’s military working dogs.
We Are Their Voice