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Remembering the animals of war

Posted on by royvickery |

For some years from 2011 purple poppies, ‘remembering the animal victims of war’, were produced by the animals rights organisation Animal Aid.  More recently such poppies have been abandoned, it being thought that people might consider animals to be ‘valiant servants of people’, rather than innocent victims of war.  They have been replaced by a purple-paw badge which commemorates all animals which are ‘victims of human exploitation’.

Therefore, it was surprising to come across a flamboyant wreath of purple poppies placed on the war memorial in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, bearing the message:

‘Remembering the Animals of War                                                                      This wreath is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and allied forces in war and campaigns throughout time.’

Photographed 14 March 2018.

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