Complaint in U.S. Soldier Sheep Beating Case

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Originally Posted: 17 December 2011

IDA Files Defense Department Complaint in Sheep Beating Case

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)


In Afghanistan, a soldier beat a helpless sheep to death with a metal baseball bat. IDA demands that an investigation be conducted into this incident and that appropriate action taken for all those involved.

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And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Leon Panetta
U.S. Secretary of Defense
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400
phone (703) 571-3343


Graphic video can be viewed here:

I was shocked to see a video of the brutal beating of a helpless sheep with a baseball bat by a U. S. soldier in Afghanistan. This November 2011 incident has circulated around the internet, tarnishing the reputation of the U.S. Defense Department. The video shows a child looking on and several other soldiers laughing and supporting the beating. It took 12 blows with the sheep convulsing and several attempts at escape before the poor animal finally died. As a member of In Defense of Animals (IDA), I demand an investigation and prosecution of those who participated in this act.

Animal cruelty is punishable under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for "public animals" like bomb-sniffing dogs and military horses. The Commission on Military Justice in 2009 recommended that criminal charges be brought against military personnel who abuse non-public animals like dogs, cats, and farm animals.

This is not the first instance of animal cruelty perpetrated by U.S. soldiers caught on video. Marine David Motari was filmed throwing a puppy over a cliff in Iraq in a 2008 video. This violent and senseless act eventually led to his discharge from military duty.

There is ample scientific documentation showing that people who abuse animals are also a danger to other people. Violent acts towards animals are often precursors to domestic violence, sexual violence, and murder. Prosecuting animal mistreatment carried out by military personnel is an important step towards preventing and reducing the risk of violent incidents to other soldiers and civilians as well as their spouses, children, friends and neighbors.

Please be sure a full investigation into this incident is immediately conducted and the perpetrators are punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Thank you...

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