Navy to Use Dolphins and Sea Lions in Anti-Terrorism Fight

February 12, 2007 09:45 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Following a long history of military animals, the Navy plans to use mammals to prevent waterborne terrorist attacks despite objections from animal rights groups who argue this is a dangerous and ineffective practice.

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As many as 30 sea lions and dolphins could be employed by the Navy Marine Mammal Program to detect and apprehend terrorists in the Puget Sound off the coast of Washington state.  If used, the animals will be tasked with detecting underwater mines and even handcuffing suspicious divers. 

P.E.T.A. [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals], however, claims that this practice is not only an ineffective means of defense, but also a dangerous and cruel use of animals.

If these dolphins and sea lions are used they will be following a long tradition of animals used for military purposes. During World War II, military dogs were used on patrol, as scouts, and even as messengers.  And as recently as 2003 the Navy has used Dolphin to detect underwater mines.





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