The next military video scandal: PETA alleges soldiers took part in sheep beating
WASHINGTON - Less than a week after Corps officials were forced to deal with an embarrassing video of Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters, Army officials are now fielding questions about a new online video that appears to show a group of soldiers laughing and celebrating as a sheep is bludgeoned.
Officials from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals actually complained to Army leadership about the video in late November, but hope the publicity from the latest video scandal will help renew questions about the animal attack. They've petitioned Army Secretary John McHugh for an investigation of the incident, but have yet to get any response from military leadership.
The video, posted on LiveLeak in November, appears to show at least eight soldiers watching a man repeatedly strike the animal in the head and neck. Some of the soldiers helped to drag the animal into the room, and none appears to make any effort to stop the attack.
PETA officials could not verify who shot the video or where it takes place. A description uploaded with the clip claims that the images were recorded in Afghanistan in early November, and that the individual attacking the sheep is also a soldier.
Army officials had no comment on the matter.
Marine Corps officials have spent the last week fielding criticism for a video which appears to show four members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, relieving themselves on corpses. Investigators said last week they have identified the four men, and are considering charges against them.