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Friday, March 07, 2008

What You Can Do About The Marine/Puppy Video

From: The Humane Society of the United States
Date: Mar 6, 2008 5:53 PM

As noted in the press release, we have sent a strongly-worded letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asking that the soldiers in the video are punished to the fullest extent of military law. Killing non-working animals on military bases in Iraq is not against any specific rules, but we would like to note that cruelty to animals by US soldiers is thankfully rare.

Please note that The HSUS/HSI is not a law enforcement agency and we have no authority over the investigation into this incident. It is a US military issue that is now being handled internally by the Department of Defense and the United States Marine Corps.

The most recent posting on the DoD website reiterates the investigation and serious approach that the Marine Corps is taking to this incident:

[This video came to our attention this morning, and we have initiated an investigation. We do not tolerate this type of behavior and will take appropriate action.

The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties in an honorable manner that brings great credit upon the Marine Corps and the United States. There have been numerous stories of Marines adopting pets and bringing them home from Iraq or helping to arrange life-saving medical care for Iraqi children. Those are the stories that exemplify what we stand for and how most Marines behave."

The Department thanks the numerous citizens who brought the video to our attention. ]

The Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Public Affairs Office is now asking for comments on this case. Please let them know that animal cruelty must be punished quickly and that appropriate mental evaluation for at-risk soldiers is imperative for a sound and respectable military force.

We also suggest that you contact the Department of Defense and ask them to quickly identify and discipline soldiers that engage in animal cruelty, and ask that the DoD work with us on establishing a program to assist responsible military personnel who rescue stray animals (mascots) abroad.

Here is the contact information:

The Honorable Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000
(703) 428-0711