Video of U.S. Marine Apparently Throwing a Puppy to Its Death-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
The eRumor includes links to a video of a U.S. Marine holding a small puppy then apparently throwing it into a ravine to its death. The email includes a sample letter of complaint and addresses of Marine officials to whom it can be sent.
The disturbing video was among the most viewed on YouTube in March, 2008 until it was taken down.
It showed what was said to be a U.S. Marine in Iraq holding a puppy by the neck and talking with another Marine. The puppy was motionless as it was held up, which has led to speculation that it may have already been dead or may have even been a toy. As it was thrown, there was an audible yelping sound. Some observers said, however, that the yelping was not consistent with what would be heard as the puppy got farther from the camera so it is not clear whether the video was a joke or really documented the death of the puppy.
The Marines later identified the man in the video as Lance Cpl. David Motari, based in Hawaii with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. On June 12, 2008, the Marines announced that Motari was “being processed for separation” from the corps and had received non-judicial punishment, but did not say what the punishment was.
A second Marine, San Diego-based Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, received non-judicial punishment as well. He was the one who actually shot the video.
The video prompted an outcry of protest and this particular version of the email was distributed by the an animal advocacy group called Kinship Circle.
SAMPLE LETTER — This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Try to shorten and personalize your letter before sending.
United States Defense Leaders and Marine Corps:
Thank you for addressing the Marines recently videotaped taunting a
defenseless puppy. I urge you to aggressively investigate this crime and
take prompt punitive action.
As you know, a man identified as David Motari dangles a black and white dog
by the scruff of the neck, cooing: “Cute little puppy.” Another unnamed
soldier baby-talks: “Ah, so cute, so cute…little puppy.” To the horror of
global Internet viewers, Motari then hurls the animal over a cliff into a
rocky gulch. The dog, who looks about 12 weeks old, squeals while flying
through the air. We hear a thud below, signifying the dog’s certain death.
“That was mean Motari,” the unknown Marine jokes. Motari shrugs and grins.
The question is not WHO the victim is, but WHAT is done to him or her.
Criminologists view the brutality of an act, regardless of the victim’s
identity, as a precursor to future violence. Animal cruelty is a key trait
in the American Psychiatric Association’s criterion for conduct disorders.
David Motari displays characteristics associated with sociopaths.
I respectfully ask the Milit ary Po lice Department of Hawaii, where Motari is
stationed, to conduct a thorough probe. If Motari and other suspects are
apprehended, please advocate maximum penalties for aggravated cruelty and
intentional killing of a companion animal. Certainly, Motari and his
accomplice ought to undergo psychological counseling.
This is not the first video leak of soldiers tormenting animals in Iraq. I
hope this case prompts Defense Department officials to make regulatory
changes for animals in war zones. Specifically, I encourage the DOD to:
* Insert an anti-cruelty clause in the Universal Code of Military Justice.
* Utilize non-lethal vaccination to cope with rabies in war zones.
* Permit soldiers to bring vetted pets back to the U.S. with them.
The men in the video do not represent other brave men and women who serve
our country. This is all the more reason to pursue rigorous judicial action
against the few who sully America’s moral rep ute.
Thank you for holding animal abusers accountable for their violent crimes.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
FULL CONTACT INFORMATION
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Brigadier General Robert E. Milstead, Jr.
Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs
Division of Public Affairs – Command Element
CMC (PA), Headquarters Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps; Pentagon 4B548
Washington, DC 20350-3000
ph: 703-614-1492/4080/8010; fax: 703-697-5362
General Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps ph: 703-614-1034; fax: 703-614-2358
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII
Colonel Mark A. Dungan, Commanding Officer
Richard A. Kirby GS12, Staff Secretary
Office of the Commanding Officer
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63002; MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863-3002
ph: DSN-457-8877, 808-257-8877
Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Public Affairs Office
c/o Community Relations Section
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63002; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863-3002
ph: 808-2 57-884 0, 808-257-8875
Military Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63062; Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863
Provost Marshal: 808-257-2103, ext 330
Provost Sergeant: 808-257-2103, ext 328
Criminal Investigation Division: 808-257-1305
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
PUBLIC CONTACT: ph: +1 703-428-0711 +1
U.S. Department of Defense ASK A QUESTION/SEND A COMMENT:
Dr. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
U.S. Department of Defense
1000 Defen se Pen tagon; Washington, DC 20301-1000
Gordon R. England, Deputy Secretary of Defense
1010 Defense Pentagon; Washington, DC 20301-1010
EMAIL BLOCK: All emails found for this alert.
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR SENIOR DEFENSE LEADERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE.
If you feel strongly about this issue, please take the time to print out
your letter to send by fax/mail to the contacts without email addresses.
GET FORMATTED LETTER, WORD DOC: firstname.lastname@example.org
The e-petition circulating about this is largely useless. There is no
government or military official who will seriously consider an Internet
petition with unverifiable signatures.
*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee validity of email addresses. During
campaigns, recipients may change or disable their email addresses. Emails
from government or corporate websites may be incorrect.
* Puppy Torture Video & Related Comment Links
* VIDEO: Soldier David Motari hurls puppy to his death
* VIDEO: US Soldier throws puppy off cliff
* Marine in animal cruelty probe
* PETITION: Stand Against Puppy-Killing Soldiers
KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
* American Soldier Shoots Yet Another Poor Dog In Iraq?
* 1/19/07: Latest Casualty: Soldiers Torment Crippled Dog In Iraq
Action Campaigns I Literature I Animal Disaster Aid Networking
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.KinshipCircle.org * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/
PLEASE MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO KINSHIP CIRCLE:
ht tp://w ww.kinshipcircle.org/donation/