This study began with questions about animal service in wars “throughout time”; about claims that animals marched “alongside” British and Allied soldiers in conflicts that aimed to preserve freedom; I asked how we could reconcile these statements with the recognition that animals had no choice in the matter. The Animals in War Memorial in London’s Hyde Park embodies a fundamental contradiction that cannot easily be reconciled. If animals had no choice, it meant that they were forced labor—how, then, could they march beside soldiers supposedly fighting for the preservation of freedom? The monument both hinted at this question and hid the actual conditions of animal servitude behind an expression of human gratitude for the “sacrifices” animals made. The historical question I then posed concerned the nature of animal service, and how humans thought about such service at the time it was happening....
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