Animal welfare: Army joins the ranks

The Times of India (ToI) recently reported that animals used by paramilitary services would be retired with benefits, just like human members of their corps. The animals, which include dogs, horses, camels, yaks and mules, would be retired to old age homes or rehabilitation centres. The most important part of the policy was that: “no euthanasia or auction would be conducted for worn-out cases.”

This change is all the more welcome for the implicit admission that in the past the reward most animals received for facing the rigours and dangers of military life was being killed or auctioned for private use. In 2001

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