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Should Media Play Video of Marine Throwing Puppy Off Cliff?

If you haven't seen it already, you may not want to. I'm talking about the video of a US Marine apparently hurling a small, whimpering puppy off the side of a cliff. I just happened to witness this while watching my morning news.

Marine officials are calling the video, which has been taken off YouTube, "shocking and deplorable" and an investigation has been launched. Meanwhile, the alleged puppy thrower and his family have been receiving death threats. Comments on YouTube identified the man, in what is being called "cyber-vigilantism."

What do you think about the video?

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peepshow peepshow 9 years
Wait, you all are surprised that some HUMANS are mean to animals? Or is it the fact that he's in a uniform?
foxie foxie 9 years
Obviously it is not a liberal value, per se, to be anti-military. But, unfortunately, when the military is being disrespected and attacked, it's pretty much always by liberals. Besides, sugar's polls ARE left leaning.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I want to know how the military handled this. I hope he is fully charged with animal cruelty, but I doubt he will be. What a sick bastard. >:(
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
ok.. I am more interested in found that "soldier"... and a cliff... do the math. and no, let's not think that all the military man are like that, just the dumbs ones.
sashak sashak 9 years
I've noticed that many of sugar's polls are left-leaning, to say the least This poll has nothing to do with left v. right. I'm a "lefty" & I support the military wholeheartedly. And I know many many other "leftys" who feel the same way, my father, a vetran, being just one. "whats going on in the military" shouldn't be included in the poll option beacuse, as everyone has said, this video shows the actions of one individual, not the military as a whole
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
I agree. "What's really going on in the military" is making such a broad and unfair statement. If this same man had gone to a college instead of joining the marines and this video came out and he was in his college tee shirt instead of his military uniform, would it be, "We need to see what's going on with college students"? The fact is, there are people who are going to do terrible things in any large category of people. And comment 37 says something about the orders to shoot stray animals. First, my husband is in Iraq right now, and I can tell you he has never had an order to kill a stray animal. It could be limited to one particular regiment or it could vary from one command to the next. But I will say, even if they do have orders to shoot an animal, it's going to be for the safety of the troops. Do you think the people who are willing to be suicide bombers are going to have any qualms about using an animal as a means of getting an explosive close enough to our soldiers to kill them? Is it more cruel for a soldier to shoot an animal that would otherwise be blown up? I may sound cold hearted, but shooting an animal that is percieved to be a danger to our troops is a lot different than throwing a puppy off a cliff for enjoyment. So, please don't say that our soldiers are just brainwashed into killing animals for fun. I personally don't think the video should be shown on TV. I think a still and a description, like in this story, is enough. But I don't think all the other violent videos should be shown either. I know I don't want to see them. And I'd hate to think that my child might accidentally see something so cruel on television.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Daisie...good points. It is well documented that people who enjoy harming animals typically do it because they have urges to harm other people, they just can't bring themselves to commit those acts. I'm not comparing this guy to Dahmer (who frequently killed animals before he moved on to people), but it does say something about a person's mental state when they enjoy harming animals. j2e1n9...In times like today where young people are getting the majority of their news from sites like this or Perez is that serious.
blob blob 9 years
I hope this depraved sore excuse for a human being marine gets a dishonorable discharge and charged with animal abuse. God only knows what he's done to people over there. I'd be happy to toss him off a cliff.
foxie foxie 9 years
I agree Kris. I've noticed that many of sugar's polls are left-leaning, to say the least.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I agree with KrisSugar. Not sure how watching this twisted individual tells us "what's really going on in the military" any more than it tells us "what's really going on with men" or "what's really going on with white people" or anything but what's really going on with this twisted individual.
ashopaholic ashopaholic 9 years
I don't see why we shouldn't see it...??????? Its news isn't it?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I don't like the choice "Yes, we need to see what's going on in the military." this has not ONE THING to do with our military as a whole, and I resent anyone implying that. This is one complete creep who happened to be a Marine. and what about the person filming it? horrible.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Daisie, I disagree. This may be the news portion, but it is the news portion of pop sugar. Your argument might hold true for a site like etc but not for a site like pop. Its not that serious.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I agree MandyJoBo! The intentions are questionable. Its just sensational news directed at getting ratings. News channels rely on ratings, too.
Heatherliz31 Heatherliz31 9 years
They should play it over and over on his local tv news channel... On top of that he should have to work in his local animal shelter, supervised of course and a portion of his earnings should go to that shelter each month!! Animal cruelty is the worse kind!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I don't have a problem with them reporting it. I do have a problem with them showing it - that is in extremely poor taste. Liberty did a fantastic job of describing the video without subjecting us to it, for example. A man that would harm a puppy like this fits right into the description of someone that would have severe psychological issues and should probably not be in service to this country with a gun. But I'm pretty convinced at this point that this is a hoax. I still haven't watched it, but from what I can pick up about it... there are several men there besides him and they barely reacted at all. The puppy apparently whines or howls when tossed, but I think it wouldn't really make any noise at all. Plus, from what I understand, the video cuts away for a second before he throws it so that would be a good opportunity to switch it out for a fake dog. I don't know - I'm hopeful this is fake. Even if it is fake, it's still not at ALL funny but I'm going to give the guy a benefit of a doubt and assume he's just an insensitive and immature ass.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
I find the comments speaking about only happy images which should be seen or broadcast truly disturbing. Yea, this incident and millions more like it are heinous, evil, disgusting and disturbing. But you can't squeeze your eyes shut like a child and imagine it doesn't exist. If things are reported then the general population doesn't know and cannot make informed decisions. We NEED to know what's going on in the world, in our country and on our streets. Censorship of any kind is wrong. Tidalwave, you are so right. Lol at "ignorance is bliss". For one, this is the NEWS portion of the Sugar sites. For two, life is NOT pretty and perky and edited of all things that make your tummy hurt. What I dislike most about the Sugar sites is that "things that don't make for a happy place will not be allowed". If anyone dares speak up with passion in disagreement with someone, 10 people will attack them for "not being nice". It's such an antiquated view of the world and how women are "supposed" to behave. Asking for civility is one thing, but people who don't watch or read the news because it's "too sad" sicken me. To me, that is the same thing as saying "I'm not voting because it doesn't affect me." Everything that happens - everywhere - is added to the melting pot of life, culture and history and if you don't speak up when you see atrocities and wrongs, then who will? We are not little children who should be allowed to remain innocent and enjoy the fun of life. We are adults and it is our responsibility to educate ourselves, our children and our world. Stand up for what you believe in. What do I believe in? People who hurt animals usually move on to hurting people. Killing in a war is something you signed up to do and while it is hard, it is their job. It is NOT their job to hurt "cute little puppies". If this is the military's position, it needs to be looked at. We need harsher laws, not only for everything, but especially for animal abuse. This man needs to be punished.
amers230 amers230 9 years
the idea of this video makes me sick (i refuse to watch it and luckily haven't caught it on the news) but this did make me think of a book i read a year or two ago. i believe it was called "from baghdad with love" and it was about a soldier in iraq who rescued a dog from the streets and what they had to go through to get the dog back to the states. i distinctly remember him saying in the book that the military requires that all stray animals are shot and killed for security reasons (the soldier was terrified of his superiors finding the dog, or a fellow soldier finding him and shooting him.) so while i don't know and don't really care whether or not this soldier was in the middle east when this happened, i think it's kinda hypocritical for the military to get involved. kinda smells like they're doing it just because they knew the american public would be outraged. yes, one can argue that shooting an animal in the head is more humane than throwing it off a cliff, but it seriously sounds like the military is trying to save face by launching an investigation into. one thing i do find funny is how we all are outraged when animals are killed and abused but are fairly desensitized to people being murdered and such. no judgement, i'm the exact same way, but it is kind of an odd phenomenon.
demeter demeter 9 years
I don't see why not. The media would show it if he were throwing a fellow human being off the cliff but because it's an animal it's different.
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 9 years
This is absolutely disgusting. Everybody knows that people who are cruel to animals are cruel to people too and it's sad to see a marine representing himself in this way so publicly.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I want to throw up. I have to question the intentions of showing something like this on the news. To make people aware there there are military men & women who are insane? To rile up animal-rights activists into a frenzy? Just for lack of wanting to show anything we NEED to know? I picked "if it helps find him" because I'll be forever scarred by the sheer thought of this if it helps find this waste of life and punish him.
janneth janneth 9 years
It's a news site for heaven's sake. Yes, there is a lot in the news that is sad and deplorable.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Yes it should be available. I do not support any form of censorship.
emily60608 emily60608 9 years
it is super sad to see a cute puppy being killed & obviously i'm not justifying it but u have to remember this is a war & that same soldier has probably killed people too... war is sad, people die every day on both sides. its sad that a cute puppy dying gets more attention than the many people killed
Jillness Jillness 9 years
j2e1n9, I remember when I was a young kid around 12 years old, and seeing an African man getting axes thrown into his back on the news. He was lying lifeless on the ground, and a mob of people surrounded him throwing weapons at his back. I guess there must have been a warning, but I didn't hear it while I was flipping channels. It has stayed with me to this day...I don't know if that is a good or bad thing. I was completely chilled by the image, but perhaps it was good for my young suburban mind to know how lucky I was to live in a stable country. I still don't know what to think about it. The thought of this video nauseates me, so I have been lucky to not see it yet, just pictures. I do agree with the poster that said that since he is in military uniform, it makes this a special case. I think the news should report the story, but perhaps they don't need to show the actual video.
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