May 1, 2012 by Michael Mountain
A former navy medical officer has launched a petition to stop the U.S. Navy from using goats for medical students to practice their surgical skills. Dr. James Santos, who served as an undersea medical officer, a certified U.S. Navy diver, and as the Department Head of the Primary Care Clinic at Naval Medical Clinic in [...]
April 26, 2012 by Michael Mountain
In Homer’s Odyssey, Argos the dog waits for 20 years for Odysseus, to come home from the Trojan War. Unable even to stand up any longer, he refuses to take his last breath until he’s been reunited. Here’s a more joyful compendium of Welcome Home videos.
April 9, 2012 by Michael Mountain
I may have met Little Victoria last summer. I don’t know that for sure, but I certainly met her family. She was a young orca, and her battered body washed up on the beach two months ago. The evidence is that she was killed by a sonar bomb set off by the Canadian Navy.
April 6, 2012 by Michael Mountain
There’s outrage in the U.K. over the number of military working dogs who are routinely destroyed, rather than retired, when they return from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
March 26, 2012 by Michael Mountain
The ever-bizarre government agency DARPA, or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has launched another would-be-funny-if-it-weren’t-sad research project. This one involves turning snails into hybrid robots for use in war.
March 22, 2012 by Michael Mountain
The no-kill philosophy extends way beyond homeless pets. It’s a way of living that takes killing off the table – in every area once and for all. You can’t be no-kill and go hunting. You can’t be no-kill and be pro-abortion, pro-capital punishment or pro-vivisection. And you certainly can’t be no-kill and support going to war.
January 31, 2012 by Michael Mountain
It’s the Rugged Automated Training System – RATS, the latest Pentagon venture to turn furry animals into bomb detectors.
January 26, 2012 by Michael Mountain
Army investigators say they now believe that the men seen in a video cheering as they watch a sheep being beaten to death with a baseball in Afghanistan are airmen, and they have handed the case over to Air Force authorities.
January 25, 2012 by Michael Mountain
After seeing our report on the U.S. Navy once again deploying its dolphin conscripts to the Persian Gulf, a reader wrote in to remind us about a 60 Minutes story from back in 1973, when Morley Safer interviewed various dolphin trainers and military personnel.
January 19, 2012 by Michael Mountain
Animal rights philosopher Peter Singer weighs in on the question of whether the U.S. military has any right to use dolphins as minesweepers in the Persian Gulf.