PETA calls sheep beating video a 'red flag,' cites serial killers who hurt animals



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.


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  1. This makes me sick!!! So many members of the rotten military do these nasty, sick things and should be court-martialed and thrown out of the service.

  2. According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.

    Read more: Abuse Connection – The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence | Pet-Abuse.Com Animal Cruelty Database

  3. Roberta Palmeri on

    I have first-hand experience with both animal cruelty and domestic violence from the same individual. The anger and sadness I feel are immeasurable. Therefore I choose to direct these emotions into taking action. I will never stop fighting for animals.

  4. It makes me sick to see our military doing such things….that poor sheep was killed because you all thought it was funny to do so…let me take that bat and hit you in the head with it….sick Mother F*****s……there better be something done about this…men in the military that act like this make it hard on the good ones…they need to be court marshaled and thrown out of the military

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