The Canadian Landmine Foundation follows closely the work of mine detection workers around the globe. We have published a few important stories recently about the life-saving efforts of animals in the field. Rats have become a very useful and efficient resource in the battle to remove landmines and unexploded remnants of war from previous conflict zones.
The APOPO Foundation began when Bart Weetjens, founder of the organization, developed a “special relationship and appreciation for the rodents he kept as childhood pets in Belgium.” The organization has since trained rodents to sniff out dangerous landmines, and has successfully found and destroyed over 50,000. All efforts are people and animal friendly, as rodents are too light in weight to set off a buried landmine.
The APOPO Foundation certainly helps to change the world by removing the dangerous threat to life posed by landmines. To read more about their efforts, which have brought safety to more than 60 countries, please click here to be redirected to their website.
You can also follow the life-saving work of rodents on Twitter @HeroRATs