People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged President Joe Biden personally on Tuesday to intervene to help dozens of dogs affiliated with America’s presence in Afghanistan to evacuate the country in light of the Taliban’s seizure of power this month.
PETA’s statement noted that among the dogs abandoned by the Biden administration may be as many as 60 bomb-sniffing dogs and a similar number of working dogs “kenneled in an airport hangar.” A larger number of animals left behind are reportedly pets belonging to Americans that have since been evacuated.
Biden removed all American military forces from Afghanistan shortly before midnight on August 31 local Kabul time. Biden had previously extended the 20-year Afghan War by four months, overriding the May 1 deadline agreed upon by former President Donald Trump, the former Afghan government, and senior Taliban officials. In those four months, the Taliban conquered nearly