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ASPCA Condemns Soldiers Involved in Animal Cruelty Video

Urges Swift Action by US Military
March 7, 2008

NEW YORK, March 7, 2008—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today urged the United States Marine Corps to release the findings of its investigation of a video clip recently seen on several social networking sites wherein a member of the United States Military—seemingly a Marine—can be seen apparently committing a heinous act of animal cruelty, flinging a puppy off a cliff.

The video caused public outcry earlier this week after news reports circulated condemning the soldiers responsible for the act. Many have wondered whether the video is simulated or real.

“With 66 percent of American households owning pets, we are clearly a country and people that value the human-animal bond,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “It is horrifying that a member of the United States military—a body of people tasked with upholding the honor and respect of our country—would perform such a cruel and deliberate act against a defenseless animal.”

While the ASPCA has long been the voice for animals nationwide, its law enforcement powers are limited to acts of animal cruelty in New York State. Members of the public should contact the Marines Public Affairs department to voice their outrage over this debauched act. Inquiries can be sent to the Marines Public Affairs department at mcbh.pao.fct@nmci.usmc.mil.