Many of you will remember the video made in Iraq by one Marine of another Marine tossing a puppy off a cliff. We thought you might like an update, in case you haven't already heard about the outcome.
"Lance Cpl. David Motari, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at , is 'being processed for separation' from the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps said in a news release. He also received unspecified 'non-judicial punishment.'" Motari was the one identified as the puppy-tosser.
"The second Marine, Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, also received unspecified "non-judicial" punishment. "
More information is posted here, here and here. We are posting 3 separate news articles because articles are often moved, deleted or archived online.
We are relieved to note the Marine Corp. considered this conduct unbecoming one of their own. We hope both men who were involved have received a psychological evaluation.
As Jan wrote in a letter to the Public Affairs Office of Marine Corps Base Hawaii: This incident concerns me greatly, as does any act of violence against a human or an animal. It is a well-documented fact that animal abuse and human abuse are closely entwined. What I believe is that anyone who would commit such a horrible act as was demonstrated in the video and to laugh at it is not a newcomer to violence. And I'm not referring to what he learned while at war.
And we agree with what HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle wrote to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. "We worry about the psychological stability of those who could perpetrate such vicious acts against the most vulnerable of creatures."
We are grateful there are many military personnel overseas, who despite facing the same fears, frustrations and emotions as these Marines did on their overseas duty, don't torture or kill animals. They help rescue those they can. We have great respect for our military personnel overseas.
We continue to hope Judge Effron, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, will move to include cruelty to all animals in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
You can read our original post "Military Animal Abuse" here.