PETA Foundation writer Lindsay Pollard-Post compared the participants in the beating of a sheep, depicted in a video widely publicized last week, to Jeffrey Dahmer, “Boston Strangler” Albert DeSalvo and “BTK Killer” Dennis Rader. All had a history of violence against animals, he said in an op-ed piece published by McClatchy Newspapers.
He said a history of cruelty to animals regularly shows up in the FBI records of serial rapists and murderers. And citing a Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA study, he said that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans.
“Mental-health and law-enforcement professionals know that animal abusers’ disregard for life and indifference to suffering indicate a dangerous psychopathy that does not confine itself to animal victims,” said Pollard-Post. “Violence is a fact of war, but the depravity shown by the sheep-beating soldier and the sick pleasure the onlookers seemed to derive from watching the beating are red flags.”
Last week, Army officials said investigators began probing the origins of the video in November and that commanders in Afghanistan have condemned it, according to a U.S. military spokesman. PETA publicized the video in the wake of another embarrassing video surfacing, in which Marines appeared to urinate on the corpses of Taliban fighters.