To mark the end of World War One, the nation comes together on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, to remember the millions of lives that have been lost in conflict and war.
In the first World War, animals were used on a scale never seen before and never to be repeated. With no choice of their own, they were simply employed by man-kind to do as they were told and trained to do.
People usually wear poppy pins this time of year as a symbol of remembrance. This year, however, they’re not being sold on the streets with lockdown now into effect across the UK. Poppies remain on sale online, however, with the country in a standstill, it’s obvious why we’re not seeing so many worn this year.
It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, nowadays a picture is worth a thousand Facebook likes and shares!
Show your remembrance and gratitude of all of those noble animals that went to war by adding our ‘Action for Dogs - Lest We Forget Purple Poppy Frame’ to your Facebook Profile Picture
What does the Purple Poppy represent?
Traditionally, Remembrance Day Red Poppies are worn to remember those who have served during wartime. However, in recent years the Purple Poppy is becoming more popular.
The Purple Poppy is a symbol that memorialized the significant loss of animal life in battle and conflict.
When did the purple poppy start?
The First World War was over 100 years ago. The Purple Poppy Appeal was only established in 2006 - just 14 years ago! Charity Animal Aid launched the appeal to commemorate animals who have served in battle with no choice of their own.
Humans can make a conscious decision about whether to go to war, animals cannot. Charity Animal Aid wants to clarify that animals used in warfare are victims, not heroes! Animals are the forgotten victims of war.
“Animals did not give their lives; their lives are taken from them”
What were animals used for in the war?
Over 16 million animals served in the First World War. They were relied upon by all sides and chosen for a variety of their natural instincts. Vast numbers were killed, often suffering agonising deaths from wounds, starvation, thirst, exhaustion, disease and exposure.
Dogs were trained to search for survivors in the rubble, cats lived on the ships searching for rodents, over 100,000 pigeons were used as messengers, horses and donkeys carried heavy artillery and canaries were used to detect poisonous gas.
How many animals died in the First World War?
A strong animal army of over 16 million, 9 million precious lives were cut short. An estimated eight million horses and one million dogs died. Horses were even on a shortage and elephants were taken from zoos to help with vital war work.
The Purple Poppy Appeal provides us with an opportunity to remember these unsung victims, and to pay our respect to those who serve us today.
Where can I get a purple poppy?
The quickest and fasted way to get your Purple Poppy is jumping on over to the link below! Add our Action For Dogs Purple Poppy Facebook Frame to your profile picture to help us raise support and awareness for the animal victims of war.
Animal Aid Charity Sells Purple Paw Badges all year round to commemorate all animal victims of human exploitation.