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They Kill Sheep, Don't They? My Deep Apologies

Video shows a soldier ruthlessly beating a sheep as others laugh

I just learned about a most horrific incident about which nothing apparently has been done. A video shows a soldier beating a sheep, most likely to death (the video is also available here as well as a link to a story about a soldier throwing a puppy off of a cliff). Given the incredible pain and suffering, we can only hope so. As he unrelentingly and ruthlessly beat the sheep others stood around and laughed.

I deeply apologize for posting this video. Something has to be done about this horrific event, but to date, nothing has been. To quote from a recent essay: "Last year, a scandalous video emerged of a U.S. marine throwing a puppy off a cliff. Now there is this video of a soldier repeatedly beating a sheep with a baseball bat to the whoops and laughter of other soldiers who are looking on. I would say 'beating to death' because that is probably what happened, but we do not know the upshot. We only know, from watching the video and seeing the mood of the soldiers -- and what appears to be a local lad who arrived with the animal -- that the sheep could only have come to a very nasty end. He or she tries to rise several times but the soldier continues to thwack away amid the laughter."

Please contact all of your your senators and representatives about this now. You can also find an action alert by In Defense of Animals here. This sort of behavior must never ever be tolerated. Cruelty can't stand the spotlght. 

 

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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