SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

March 04, 2008 22:14 ET

U.S. Marine Throws Puppy Off Cliff

Last Chance for Animals Says, "He's a Disgrace!"

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a non-profit animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been notified of a very disturbing video showing a smiling U.S. Marine in Iraq throwing a puppy off a cliff. LCA fully supports U.S. troops and believes this situation does not reflect on U.S. soldiers that are doing their best and putting their lives on the line. However, the act of a U.S. soldier committing animal cruelty is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.

"This video that everyone has seen is atrocious. U.S. Marine David Mortari and the unidentified Marine in the video are absolute cowards and a disgrace to the men and women of this country who valiantly defend the U.S. There is absolutely no excuse for this behavior. These two men shouldn't be wearing the uniform. I demand that these individuals be held responsible for such a despicable and cowardly act."

"When a U.S. soldier is representing America overseas and during war time, it is crucial for any heinous act to be fully investigated. LCA demands for elected officials to put pressure on the military to do a complete investigation. The correlation between cruelty to animals and cruelty to humans has been proven time and again. These soldiers must be punished," states LCA President Chris DeRose.

View Chris DeRose's reaction here -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VZW34WNIXM

Chris DeRose is available for comment on this at 310-271-6096 x27.

Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been active for more than two decades. LCA was the subject of the HBO documentary, "Dealing Dogs." LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty. For more information, visit www.LCAnimal.org.

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