Coventry remembers animals lost in conflict

Published Tuesday, 16 November 2021

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Coventry laid a wreath of purple poppies on Remembrance Day, in honour of the animals lost to war.

The Lord Mayor wit residents

Lord Mayor Cllr John McNicholas, and his wife June are strong supporters of animal rights and welfare, and were joined by representatives of the RSPCA on Sunday.

The purple poppy was introduced by the charity Animal Aid in 2006. The charity started the appeal because it felt the animals that die at war –mostly horses and dogs – are often forgotten. It has since been adopted by the Murphy’s Army charity.

The Lord Mayor said: “Our faithful animals – be they dogs, horses or many other kinds – have been called on in conflicts around the globe. Many have died in service or been hurt.  They are loyal and brave and they need our love and support.

“Many service personnel depend on these faithful animals as they protect us, and some owe their lives to them. In laying this wreath, we thank them and we remember them.”

 The Lord Mayor’s charities this year are animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, Historic Coventry and Coventry’s 5 ½ mile Canal.

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Read more about the Murphy’s Army charity.

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