The Animals and Terrorism


Animals have been used for military purposes from the ancient world to nowadays. Horses, elephants, mules and camels were carrying supplies and took part in battles. Dogs were trained for securing livestock and military camps. Soviet army used them as live mines during World War II. The U.S. Army explored the possibility of using bats as live incendive devices. Even the terrorists could use animals for destroying chosen targets in the same way armies used to do. The deployment of animals would be advantageous for any terrorist group because security forces would not expect this kind of attack. Up to now, there have been just a few cases of abusing animals by terrorists, e.g. for bomb laden mules or dogs carcasses which hide explosive devices. But animals could also help with the fight against terrorism, for example dogs or bluegill fish.

Ing. Hana Vlachová, Ph.D., born in 1983. In 2003-2008 she graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM), Defence University Brno, branch of study state defence economy, study module Population Protection; and subsequently from 2008 till 2011 she embarked the doctoral study programme National Defence Economics. As an internal postgraduate student at the Department of Logistics, Defence University, she concentrated on problems of securing logistics chains and their critical points against terrorist attacks, secondly on economy aspects of terrorism and their impacts on air transport. At present she works at the Centre of Insurance Brno.

Country: Czech Republic


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