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Video: U.S. Soldiers Taunt Crippled Dog In Iraq - Take action!
Please contact your local representatives and senators and encourage others to do the same.
This is a video of several US soldiers throwing rocks and laughing at a poor dog with a very severe spinal deformity, who was obviously suffering even before they started abusing him.
Hopefully someone will recognize these cowardly and cruel individuals so they can be reported for animal cruelty.
Please contact your federal senators and representatives and demand an investigation into this atrocious and cowardly act, and demand that the slobs in uniform be brought to justice.
(Also see sample letter from Kinship Circle listed below)
To find contact information for your federal representative, go to:
http://www.house.gov/ and enter your zip code.
To find contact info for your federal senators, go to:
http://www.senate.gov/ and use the drop down box to select your home state.
*Note, this is not the first reported case senseless animal cruelty. See earlier footage showing:
U.S. soldiers wasting valuable time harming another helpless dog.
SAMPLE LETTER & CONTACT INFO
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Try to change some words, pare down letters, and make them your own.
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1. Please copy your letter to Dept. of Defense offices below. Most important contact on list is first one, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR SENIOR DEFENSE LEADERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE.*
If you want to send comments, you must copy the text of our sample letter into a word processing document, change some words, sign/date your letter, print and mail it the old-fashioned way.
*There is one web-comment form for the U.S. Department of Defense, listed below.
2. Also copy your letter to elected Senators and Representative in your region. To identify your federal legislators and find contact info, try:
Congress.org -- http://www.Congress.org
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Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
SEND COMMENTS TO:
U.S. Department of Defense ASK QUESTION/SEND COMMENT:
U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon; Washington, DC 20301-1000
Gordon R. England, Deputy Secretary of Defense
1010 Defense Pentagon; Washington, DC 20301-1010
Directorate for Public Inquiry and Analysis
Office of the Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
Room 2E565 - The Pentagon
1400 Defense Pentagon; Washington, DC 20301-1400
Department of the Army
ATTN: Brigadier General Anthony A. Cucolo III, Chief of Public Affairs
J. Dorrance Smith, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
1500 Army Pentagon, Room 1E475; Washington, DC 20310-1500
The Honorable Representative _____________________________
U.S. House of Representatives; Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Senator _________________________________
The U.S. Senate, U.S. Capitol Building; Washington, D.C. 20510
Honorable Defense Leaders and Elected Officials:
Unprovoked violence, even in a war zone, is unacceptable. It does not matter whether the victim is a child, an adult civilian, or a dog. The victim I bring to your attention just happens to be the latter, a disfigured dog trying to flee soldiers as they hurl rocks at him.
An unsettling video obtained from a CD discovered in Baghdad's Green Zone depicts what appear to be U.S. soldiers forcefully pitching rocks at a dog with a spinal deformity. As the dog cries out in pain, the participants laugh and one blurts, "That is the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life." Another suggests, "You wanna go over and kill it?" Huge Internet audiences have recently viewed this disgraceful video at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6445f9fdd7.
I call for an investigation into this gutless act and urge defense leaders to court-martial any soldier connected with the torture of this dog. Americans do not want their tax dollars wasted on tormenting animals in times of war.
Profound cruelty shames U.S. troops and the nation they represent. Moreover, criminologists and mental health professionals view the intensity of vicious behavior (regardless of the victim's identity) as a precursor to future violence. Testimony at the court-martial hearing for coconspirators accused of aiding one-time soldier Steven D. Green in the murder of an Iraqi girl, 14, and her family revealed Green had once set fire to a puppy and tossed the burning animal off a roof.
Animal cruelty is a key trait in the American Psychiatric Association's profile for conduct disorders. Randall Lockwood, Ph.D., regularly enlisted to aid cruelty investigators, law enforcers, and court officials, describes violence against small or non-threatening creatures unlikely to retaliate as a precursor to assaulting children, the elderly or disabled, or other vulnerable victims.
Who is more helpless than a crippled dog?
Please do not wait for the next violent "prank" to unfold. I respectfully ask the Department of Defense to fully investigate this incident and hold any implicated soldiers accountable. Civilians are arrested and punished for similar crimes. The military must not accept this arrant disrespect for life. Please establish a precedent of intolerance for animal cruelty now.
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