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Three Nefarious Uses Of Animals

During spring break last year, I went to the Civil Rights Memorial Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, and found out that animals were used to hurt African Americans. That got me thinking, and after a little while I decided, “Hey, if I did some more research on this, I could make a blog post!” If you have any more ideas on this topic feel free to contact me.

1. Around the time segregation was at large, some police departments trained dogs to attack people of color. Often times, when people didn’t do what the government wanted them to back then, they went to the dogs (literally!). The type of dog was, most of the time, a German Shepard. The events that led up to someone being attacked were often unjust. Back then, the government wasn’t really that fair, especially towards people of color (based on present events, not that much seems to have changed). I blame the police and people who told the dogs to attack, not the dogs, because they weren’t taught any better. I personally think we should leave animals out of it. This is certainly not the way to treat man’s (and woman’s) best friend.

2. Hannibal (no, not the horror movie guy, this is history) used elephants to fight in wars. Sometimes, he over-strategized, because, when one of his enemies was hiding away in the Alps, he went into mountains with over 5,000 soldiers and 37 elephants to surprise attack them into surrender. Even though most of them surrendered like he planned, the Alps claimed almost half his army.  It was not great for the elephants either, because, with their clumsy feet, they easily slipped over the rocks and died. When he was finally defeated by the Romans and was asked to surrender, he went into exile instead and killed himself by ingesting poison. Honestly, he probably shouldn’t have used elephants to fight with. Not only was it a waste of life and intelligence, elephants are hard to control and have a tough attitude. Oh well, that’s what you get when you are trained for battle when you’re only nine. One thing was for certain: you didn’t want to get on this dude’s bad side. 

3. While a lot of animals are stolen, some help steal. For example, a man used some bees to steal from a store. When he released the bees in the bathroom, almost all the employees went to look, and, while they were distracted, he made away with some goods. Stealing has involved animals for a long time. After all, I would quickly hand over my money or goods, if a thief came rolling up with a lion, and I needed a little motive to hand over my money.  In some places, monkeys are used to steal. Their owner will bribe them to steal some thing. And: who is honestly going to tell the police that a monkey stole something from them? I mean, not only would they think it was a prank, even if the police did take you seriously, how would they catch a  monkey?  Well, one thing is for certain, if you are going to use an animal to steal, it’s got to either be something really smart that knows what’s in it for them, like a monkey, or so strong that, beneficial or not, they won’t turn down the chance to maim or hurt a human, like the bees.

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I believe that we shouldn’t use animals for things like this, since it is not the animal’s fault, but they may punished for it anyway in some cases.

P.S. ULTRA AWESOME TRIVIA CHALLENGE:

Who was Hannibal’s father?

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Hamilcar Barca

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This entry was posted on December 27, 2014 by in Animal Facts and tagged , , , .

Wise Words

"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if a person or animal is at stake."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."
— Translation of African Proverb

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