Written by PETA
a military court convicted U.S.
Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs of the "thrill
kill" murders of three Afghan civilians and sentenced him to life in
prison. He was also convicted of 12 related charges, including taking fingers
and teeth from the victims as trophies, which he compared to "keeping the antlers
off a deer you'd shoot."
virtually every known
Gibbs reportedly killed animals before moving on to human victims: Other members
of his unit, one of whom called him "evil incarnate,"
said Gibbs took pleasure in gunning
down stray dogs.
FBI profilers, and law-enforcement officials have repeatedly documented that
people who are cruel to
animals are likely to turn that violence against humans. A study conducted by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA
found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit
violent crimes against humans.
may be that Gibbs' acts of cruelty to animals started long ago, probably in
childhood, just as was the case with school shooters Kip
Kinkel, Luke Woodham, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold. That's why it is vital always
to take acts of cruelty seriously, even when the perpetrators are children.
To save animal and human lives, report every instance of cruelty to animals to authorities. Today's puppy
torturer could be tomorrow's thrill killer.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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