US Soldier Throws Puppy Off Cliff
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Originally Posted: March 6, 2008
Updated: June 12, 2008
 

US Soldier Throws Puppy Off Cliff
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Here is what you can do to ensure justice is fulfilled on all levels:

1. Write and Call - All applicable government offices. Send respectfully written/ printed letters, faxes, and emails to the contacts listed below.  Sample letter is included to help you get started.

2. Demand Maximum Penalties.

3. Contact All Media Sources - As this issue is currently "under investigation" widespread news coverage is vital to expedite and maximize justice in this matter.

4. Crosspost this Alert. 

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Contacts
Submitted by Kinship Circle
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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
email: robert.milstead@usmc.mil 

General Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps
ph: 703-614-1034; fax: 703-614-2358
email: comrel@hqmc.usmc.mil 

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
email: richard.a.kirby@usmc.mil 

Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Public Affairs Office
c/o Community Relations Section
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63002; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863-3002
ph: 808-257-8840, 808-257-8875
email: MCBH.PAO.CR.FMB@usmc.mil 

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:
http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/questions.aspx 

Dr. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
U.S. Department of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon; Washington, DC 20301-1000

Gordon R. England, Deputy Secretary of Defense
1010 Defense Pentagon; Washington, DC 20301-1010

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Sample Letter
Submitted by Kinship Circle
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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 Military Police 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 repute.

Thank you for holding animal abusers accountable for their violent crimes.

Sincerely,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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* Puppy Torture Video & Related Comment Links
http://www.buzzfeed.com/link/Puppy_Torture_Video/david_motari_-_is_this_the_man_behind_the_video
* VIDEO: Soldier David Motari hurls puppy to his death
http://www.dumpert.nl/mediabase/43462/9fb16ab3/us_soldaat_gooit_puppy.html
* VIDEO: US Soldier throws puppy off cliff
http://digg.com/people/US_Soldier_throws_puppy_off_cliff_(video)?t=13323218
* Marine in animal cruelty probe
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23317978-5006003,00.html

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
* American Soldier Shoots Yet Another Poor Dog In Iraq?
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/digest/2007_10.html#anchor6
* 1/19/07: Latest Casualty: Soldiers Torment Crippled Dog In Iraq
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1626&seriesfirst=true

 
UPDATE - Jun. 12, 2008:

UPDATE/ Marine Expelled For Tossing Puppy Over Cliff

  1. UPDATE: Lance Cpl. David Motari “Being Processed For Separation” From Marine Corps
  2. ENOUGH? What About Prosecution For Crime Of Animal Abuse?
  3. ACTION: Ask Military To Overhaul Its Policy On Animals In War Zones

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1. UPDATE: LANCE CPL. DAVID MOTARI EXPELLED FROM MARINES
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6/11/08: The Marine Corps expels one Marine and disciplines another for their roles in a video showing a puppy tossed over a cliff to his death. Both soldiers were on patrol on Iraq at the time. In the video a man identified as David Motari dangles a black and white dog by the scruff of the neck, cooing: "Cute little puppy." Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion baby-talks: "Ah, so cute, so cute...little puppy." 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. A thud is heard far below...

The 17-second video posted on YouTube drew sharp condemnation from animal rights groups when it came to light in March. "That's mean. That's mean, Motari," an off-camera Encarnacion is heard telling the Marine who tossed the black and white dog. The off-camera Marine snickered slightly afterward.

Lance Cpl. David Motari, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at Kaneohe Bay, is "being processed for separation" from the Marine Corps... He also received unspecified "non-judicial punishment."

The second Marine, Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, also received unspecified "non-judicial" punishment. Encarnacion is assigned to the Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego...

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2. WHAT ABOUT PROSECUTION FOR THE CRIME OF ANIMAL ABUSE?
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FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: While we applaud the Marine Corps for expelling Motari and reprimanding his accomplice Encarnacion -- animal cruelty is a CRIME. Our letters asked for the men to be charged with aggravated cruelty and intentional killing of a companion animal. We urged maximum penalties and psychological counseling...

TAKE ACTION:

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:
1. Contact U.S. Department of Defense officials and ask them to make
regulatory changes regarding animals in war zones.
Specifically, urge the DOD to institute these policies:
  • Insert and enforce an anti-cruelty clause in the Universal Code of Military Justice.
  • Investigate all animal cruelty crimes and take prompt punitive action.
  • Utilize non-lethal vaccination to cope with rabies concerns in Iraq or other countries.
  • Implement an adoption system that lets soldiers bring vetted pets back to the U.S. with them.

    WEB COMMENT FORMS: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.html
    http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/questions.aspx

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE / PUBLIC CONTACT: ph: +1 703-428-0711 +1
    DEPT. OF DEFENSE LEADERS, MORE ADDRESSES:
    http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/pis/dod_addresses.html

    Dr. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
    
U.S. Department of Defense
    1000 Defense Pentagon; Washington, DC 20301-1000

    Gordon R. England, Deputy Secretary of Defense
    
1010 Defense Pentagon; Washington, DC 20301-1010

    U.S. ARMY EMAILS: http://www.army.mil/contactus/
    U.S. NAVY WEB MAIL: http://www.navy.mil/submit/contacts.asp
    U.S. AIR FORCE WEB MAIL: http://www.afoutreach.af.mil/main/contactus.asp
    U.S. MARINES: robert.milstead@usmc.mil, comrel@hqmc.usmc.mil

2. Ask your Senators and Representative in U.S. Congress to pressure the
Dept. of Defense to implement the bulleted points listed above in #1.
NOTE: Some soldiers have also gone beyond the call of duty, to HELP animals.
PHOTOS & STORIES: Animals - War's Unseen Collateral Damage
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/columns_articles/collateral_damage.html

    To identify your federal legislators and find contact info, try:
    Congress.org - http://www.Congress.org
    USA Senate - http://www.senate.gov
    USA House of Representatives - http://www.house.gov
    Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

    SENATE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES:
    Carl Levin (D-MI), Chair:
http://levin.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
    269 Russell Office Building, U.S. Senate; Washington, DC 20510-2202
    ph: 202-224-6221; fax 202-224-1388
    
    Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):
http://clinton.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm
    
    John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Member:
    
http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
    
    REST OF SENTATE COMMITTEE ON ARMED FORCES CONTACTS:
    http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newcommittee.cgi?site=ctc&lang=&commcode=sarmed_services

    HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES:
    Ike Skelton (D-MO), Chairman:
http://www.house.gov/skelton/zipauth.htm
    2206 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C. 20515-2504
    ph: 202-225-2876; fax: 202-225-2695
    
    Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Ranking Member:
http://www.house.gov/writerep/
    
    REST OF HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ARMED FORCES CONTACTS:
    http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newcommittee.cgi?site=ctc&lang=&commcode=harmed_services

For additional information, see: Soldiers Coping? Animal Abuse Is A Crime!
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/digest/2008_03.html#anchor2

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