Update: After public much public outcry, Army investigators are looking into
the video that depict soldiers beating a sheep with a baseball bat. “We are
aware of a Live Leak video depicting the killing of a sheep,” an Army spokesman
said. “The actions of those involved are not condoned or supported in any way.
We are currently assessing the situation to determine more information.”
following was originally posted January 13, 2012:
Last year, a scandalous video emerged of a U.S. marine throwing a puppy off a
cliff. Now there is this video of a soldier repeatedly beating a sheep with a baseball
bat to the whoops and laughter of other soldiers who are looking on. I would say
“beating to death” because that is probably what happened, but we do not know
the upshot. We only know, from watching the video and seeing the mood of the
soldiers — and what appears to be a local lad who arrived with the animal —
that the sheep could only have come to a very nasty end. He or she tries to rise
several times but the soldier continues to thwack away amid the laughter.
PETA did what it always does when someone blows the whistle on these
incidents of gratuitous cruelty: We wrote to Secretary of the Army John McHugh and then, when no answer was forthcoming, to other
high-ranking officers, including Chief of Public Affairs General Stephen Lanza
and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command David E.
Quantock. No one — not PETA and not the thousands of people who have seen this
video and are rightly disturbed by it — has received any acknowledgment, not
even a single comforting word, that an investigation has been started.
Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk
Article source: PETA Files