Don't believe it. PETA opposes "the military use of animals for any reason, " as spokeswoman Stephanie Boyles told the Orlando Sentinel. Saving soldiers' lives isn't a good reason for risking a pigeon's life.
You know, it's not as if the military is sending Lassie to walk over, or Flipper to swim through, minefields. The brass are trying to spare most of these animals. Dolphins are trained to keep a safe distance. Buster the bomb-sniffing dog has his own box to protect him from chemical warfare.
In February, The Washington Post called Newkirk to ask whether she considered asking Arafat to spare the lives of civilian targets. "It's not my business to inject myself into human wars," Newkirk answered.
In this case, PETA has injected itself into a "human" war -- and it is trying to undermine the side that wants to feed civilians and keep military casualties to a minimum.
PETA has shown more feeling for the welfare of a pigeon than a 19-year-old soldier. That's not humane, it's hate.