The article "Semper Fido" [News, April 16], which reveals Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) efforts to support adoptions of combat dogs that are being abandoned in war zones when troops return home, made me feel that things never really change.
My children's-literature class has just finished studying "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo, which is set in World War I and explores the treatment of animals in combat. The estimated loss of horses that were hopelessly pitted against artillery was 5 million, yet the English chose to leave the surviving combat horses in France when troops returned home.
They were sold at auction to farmers, if they were lucky, or to butchers. What a way to reward the heroes! Today, we are obviously rewarding our canine heroes the same way. It seems that one way of judging a civilization is observing the way its members treat their animals.
Lorraine Mund, Hicksville
Editor's note: The writer is an adjunct professor at Nassau Community College.