K9s = Equipment? UNACCEPTABLE!

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Longtime readers know that Mom receives about 300 emails a day; about half she can do that delete thingie 1,2,3, about a quarter receive quick attention and the balance require Mom to READ, READ, READ!  Last night, while selecting salad recipes to run by a client, Mom took a break to run through more emails.  She came across an ASPCA newsletter; the first headline caught her attention:  Federal Bills Seek to Protect Military Dogs and Racehorses.

Mom called me over and read the item aloud.  Did you know today is Armed Forces Day?  Mom thought Memorial Day included that type of recognition.  Well, turns out Congress has a bill before it called the Canine Member of the Armed Forces Act.  (I’m going to assume the humans will explain the workings of the American legislative branch to their K9s!)  Here’s the purpose of the act:

To classify military working dogs as “canine members of the armed forces” instead of “equipment,” establish adoption policies for retired dogs, create a non-profit entity to raise funds for retired dogs’ veterinary care, and to establish a formal means to honor dogs killed in action or who show exceptional courage in the line of duty.

Would you believe, can you imagine, that K9s who currently serve in the American military heroically are defined as EQUIPMENT!  Mom said that reminds her of the historical period when women were classified as chattel (vocabulary builder.)

Seriously, do we look like:

  • A soccer ball?
  • A stethoscope?
  • A computer?
  • Tools?

Humans, if I may so, this is the LEAST you can do… If you wish to take action to support this act, search the ASPCA Advocacy Center.  (When we provide the link, they automatically fill out all of Mom’s private info… whoops!)

Another great, military K9s deserve better, day.

Thanks to Life With DogsConfessions of the Plume and Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Blog Hop.

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