Should Canine Paratroopers be Helping Battle the Taliban in Afghanistan?

According to the Guardian UK, Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) has been unleashing highly trained dogs of war to help gather video surveillance of Taliban strongholds and suspected insurgent safe havens. Using a technique reportedly pioneered by U.S. special forces, these German shepherds are strapped to British paratroopers chests as they drop behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. Live video captured by the dogs' head-mounted cameras feeds back information to base. In addition, these elite canine soldiers are trained to attack armed people on the ground as well.

During these missions, eight of the military dogs have reportedly been killed in action. The U.K. Ministry of Defense refuses to comment on any current special forces operations but as one source tells the Guardian, while the dogs have given their lives for the mission, if they weren't there, "that would be eight SAS men" who are dead.

Obviously, the idea of conscripting German shepherds into dangerous combat service doesn't sit well with animal rights activists. Responding to the news, PETA released a statement proclaiming, "Dogs are not tools or 'innovations' and are not ours to use and toss away like empty ammunition shells."

As valuable as the video captured by these canine soldiers may be, using them in combat situations sits on extremely shaky ethical ground for many. However, this is by no means the first time that dogs have been used as weapons of war or that animals have served in the armed forces.

What do you think? Are these parachuting dogs patriotic heroes and an acceptable strategy in the fight against terrorism? Or is it completely wrong to draft canines into such dangerous roles?




Should Canine Paratroopers be Helping Battle the Taliban in Afghanistan?

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Dogs are really courageous and excellent pet and animal even in this kind of war.. There is danger in either ways when dogs are in war but if they are well trained to detect and stop bombs or trained to run when in danger, that would help save them..

I'm not sure this is the right thing. I mean, how are the dogs rescued after capturing the video footage?

While I hate to think of the human life that can be lost doing what these dogs are doing, it doesn't seem fair to them, as they have no choice in the matter. As humans, we choose whether we want to go to war and sacrifice our lives. These animals don't have a choice.

What comes around goes around.

I have to agree with Tre1129. I don't think it's right that the military is using dogs to do the work that humans should be doing. It's not right.

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I think that while it is wrong to use dogs for this purpose, would we all have the same answer if the question was about a rat or a mouse instead of a dog?

I don't think it's right to send innocent dogs into battle. God did not put them on this earth for that purpose.

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I don't think so!! We were only suppose to be in Iraq right? Thanks to Bush.

No animal should be put in that situation!! Have you ever seen a dog with shell shock? Its awful. Or one with a limb blown off? Its worse. And theres no hope for them with Post traumatic problems.

It is so wrong!Dogs aren't the reason for men kind to fight with each other for stupid reasons. Don't drag them into men problems that MEN made them selves.They created it, they fix it.It is VERY wrong.Never do it!EVER!

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