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Puppy-Tossing Marine Expelled!

Written by PETA | June 12, 2008

In March, a video surfaced on online showing a smiling Marine throwing a live puppy off a cliff while another Marine laughs. People everywhere were outraged, PETA was immediately flooded with calls and e-mails from people who wanted to know how they could help get justice for the puppy.

PETA’s Emergency Response Division immediately contacted the Commanding Officer at Marine Corps Base Hawaii urging strong action on this case. In addition, we launched an online action alert, which allowed tens of thousands of outraged people to share their feelings with Marine Corps officials and ask for court-martials and severe penalties for those involved.

Today, we received the long-awaited results of the Marine Corps’ investigation. According to news sources, the soldier shown tossing the puppy has been expelled, and another Marine in the video apparently faces disciplinary action. A big, big thanks to everyone who took action and let the Marine Corps know that cruelty to animals is never acceptable—no matter who the abuser is.

PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch has these strong words on this matter:

The Marine Corps is right to expel David Mortari and discipline the other Marine who was involved in videotaping the pitching of a tiny puppy off a cliff in Iraq. We only wish that Mortari could face a proper trial; courts all over the U.S. sentence animal abusers to jail time nowadays—and such a punishment would certainly be in order here. Mortari embarrassed the U.S. and its military, and we hope to see his dismissal send a strong message that cruelty to animals simply will not be tolerated in our military ranks.

And here are my words:

Puppy torturers and people who perpetuate the torture of animals deserve to rot in prison.

– Joel Bartlett

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  • lairdriver says:

    This is standard psychopathic behavior. This man doesn’t just carry that wanton and sadistic mindset with him in the battlefield – that type of behavior and mindset goes everywhere with you 24/7. Psychopaths either get help to try and curb their anger issues and compulsions or they don’t. The ones that don’t normally victimize people their entire lives.

    He has brought great shame onto the military. I am sure his friends and family have been affected by this. Don’t bother trying to enter the mind of a man who could pick up an innocent and defenseless pup and toss it like a football – you are better off with just finding solace in that he was punished.

  • Mitchell Anne-Marie says:

    Shame on them ! They do not deserve to be considered as humans. Racism begins with ill-treatment inflicted on animals.

  • Cormacc says:

    I was in the military for seven years and never seen anything like this even if we were stressed out from what we seen. It does not reflect to all military personnel this young boy who did this is messed up. Yes I would kick him out too but he needs help stuff that is seen out there is really screwed up and no one should see or go through hell. He just needs understanding of what he did and why.

  • Tempest says:

    So according to this “D” individual because war is hell the act of cowardice exhibited by these military personnel is okay? No D it is not okay. It is lowlife cruelty pure and simple. One does not have to take out one’s aggressions on helpless animals. Real tough guy murdering a puppy. He is not in fact “tough” at all he is a wimp. I am ashamed to have such a lowlife representing my country. I hope his life is ruined permanently and noone ever lets him live it down. I hope that he is never able to get a job and that no woman will allow him into her life. I hope he has no friends. As far as I’m concerned his life cannot be ruined enough for this despicable act of cowardice.

  • Kelly says:

    I have to say I despise PETA and their hypocritical organization BUT in this case they finally did something that I wholeheartedly approve of. I was unaware of the situation until recently and was trying to find out what happened to the sicko that threw the pup. I understand that Marines are trained to kill THE ENEMY! That little pup was not an enemy. I hope Mortari’s dogloving girlfriend dumped him over a cliff so to speak.

  • Lisa Reid says:

    I am sickened by the video of one of our soldiers throwing a small puppy off of a cliff. I still cannot believe that anyone can purposely do such a unthinkable act as that!! I find myself thinking about the video and it makes me furious!! Dismissal is too good for David Mortari an eye for an eye…lets throw him off of a cliff!!!

  • DOC says:

    First of all Marine is capitalized. Second damn right he’s a killer he’s a Marine in the suc so life sucks. You have a different mentality over there. You way left civilians know NOTHING about wat we do over there while you sleep comfortably. You ruined his life enough. Let it go its 1 puppy. damn

  • D says:

    Hope he doesn’t have any kids he would probably pitch them off a cliff too.

  • lynda downie says:

    Kurt Ok you’re right that Jews were the victims of Nazi hatred that wanted them eradicated. Animals are not. True. But my question was what is it about humans that makes theirout of respect I won’t use the word ‘torture’suffering more signicant than that of animals in your opinion? That is why should their suffering not be in the same sentence as you say?

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Kurt K If you can arbitrarily determine that the level of suffering one feels is based on their species other people can arbitrarily decide it is based on race religion gender whatever. Therefore if you can decide that the suffering of chickens is of no consequence because of their species I guess the Germans can decide the suffering of the Jews is of no consequence due to their religion. Stop being such a hypocrite and think about what you say.

  • Laura says:

    Both Marines should be punished and tortured until they beg for mercy. Expelling the Marine is not enough for me he should have a harsher punishment I will never forget that video and them laughing as the poor puppy was tossed to its death. If that is the only kind of sick entertainment these idiots have over there then they obviously have been over in the war too long. I have lost a lot of respect for the military and that the government would let theses sick individuals into our military and let them fight for our country. I sure do not want those Marines representing my country.

  • Kurt K says:

    Lynda This arguement comes down to human vs. animal suffering. I assume you hold the two in equality while I believe the two shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence. You use the word torture so loosely when it doesn’t describe what chickens go through. Torture “any act by which severe pain or suffering whether physical or mental is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed or intimidating or coercing him or a third person or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.” Chickens and other slaughtered animals aren’t tortured they are just killed! Killing something happens to be painful its not intentional it is just a by product of the industry. Yes I would love to see the people who do mean crap intentionally get fired and punished but that is a small percentage of the workers. What happened to the Jews and other concentration camps prisoners in WWII was an act or pure hatred and evil. These people were tortured beyond any comparison in the history of mankind! When you equate the Holocaust to what animals go through it lessens the severity of the darkest chapter in human history! These people were intentionally killed in an effort to earse them from the face of the earth! That is why you can’t compare! Contrast maybe but never compare!

  • antigone1000 says:

    Kurt K NoI don’t think the chickens feel insulted.

  • lynda downie says:

    Kurt K Wherever I’m headed I see strong parallels between the treatment of Holocaust victims and animals. May I ask you what exactly is it about humans that makes their torture more significant than that of animals in your opinion?

  • Kurt K says:

    Lynda downie I can’t believe that you could even begin to compare the Holocaust to the killing of animals! If you can equate the two in your mind then you are heading into a downard spiral to insanity’s oblivion!

  • Angelique says:

    This is absolutly horrible how can a person do something like that to mans best friend? And it was only a baby it still had its whole life ahead of him…..

  • katie says:

    I AM SO GLAD HE’S OUT! what a loser! payback is a you know what!

  • lynda downie says:

    Why is it appropriate to say that Holocaust victims were treated like animals but not to say that animals are treated like Holocaust victims? Karen Davis

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Antigone 1000 As usual your posts are always right on. Peace for all animals!

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  • Joanna says:

    Hey Barbara What happened in ancient times if someone done wrong? You talk of stoning but wrong doers were stoned to death. This was firstly to eradicate the danger of a wrong doer secondly to show society that a wrong doer will be punished. Its people like you Barbara who allow rapists and murders to keep violating others children to be raped and strangled animals to be tortured and killed. Its people like you Barbara my dear who give rights and forgiveness to the evil of this world and mock those who want peace for all those who wish to respect life and live like law abiding citizens. I hope no ill comes to you or yours Barbaram but your tune would soon quickly change if ever something very “nasty” happened to you. Those who are able to comment extreme acts of violencetortureabuse should be eradicated. Full stop

  • Maria says:

    There must be something seriously mental with this guy. On his MySpace he says “Leave your intentions in your friend request. I am tired of the hate.” On another blog he says he did the dog a favor. I don’t know what kind of disciplinary action this idiot received but I hope it’s severe. What a difference between this idiot I can’t even call him a man and the soldier Maj. Brian Dennis who befriended a dog named Nubs and brought him back to the States.

  • Cate says:

    Being expelled from the marines is not enough. That sick bastard should be put in a jail cell. He is deranged lacks compassion and is an obvious danger to any animal or person who crosses his path if he thinks he can get away with it. Does anyone think he wouldn’t harm an animal again? And why wouldn’t it be a person next time? He has no moral compass no sense of right wrong. Thats why we have jail cells.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antigone again thanks for the kind words I always appreciate them! Also whoever upi are Rory thank you too! I just hope I never find out who you are! Anyway! Antigone I find it odd that you can give Rob crap about “minimizing” this act becasue he compared it to abortion! I think he was trying to suggest that some on here were prochoice and yet get upset about the death of a puppy! Being prochoice and a member of PETA is a totally different arguement for another time! Anyway doesn’t PETA minimize the Holocaust by comparing Jews and other concentration camp prisoners to chickens! Isn’t that insulting to the victims of the worst crime in history!

  • Isobel says:

    Barbara what those marines did cannot be excused away as a “lapse of judgment” or a “mistake”. One does not hurl a puppy over a cliff to its death by “mistake”. They are grown men with the capacity to judge right from wrong. Please do not excuse their horrific actions which resulted in an animal suffering terror and a horrific death at their hands. I agree that being expelled and facing “disciplinary action” is not enough. These guys broke the law and all deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

  • Chloe Tan says:

    Being expelled from the marine is not enough something more serious should be done to this soldier. “You are such a disgrace idiot!”

  • lynda downie says:

    Right on Antigone 1000 to both posts.

  • Melissa says:

    After seeing this on the news this evening I was beyond mortified. It made me sick to my stomach. It is so sad that behavior like this still exists in the world. This man deserves any punishment that he gets. To kill an animal that probably came to them seeking protection. I can barely stand thinking about it.

  • Angela says:

    let’s throw both of them off of a cliff.

  • alison says:

    This is to Barbara. If he did this to a puppy imagine what he might do to a person? He could have gotten away with it because he was a marine so he could say it was in defense! And who really gives a shit if he can’t get a job again he didn’t consider the puppy so why consider him? I’m not saying he deserves to die but why would you want him to be in a position of power if he is obviously cruel and violent?

  • Ana says:

    Go Rory!!!! Love your comments!

  • bet.. says:

    re KK comment..forgive him?.. let’s see.. hmm v. do you forgive someone who showed a very evident and callous streak?.. remember lest you forget.. a leopard never.. or nigh near impossible to change it’s spots.. ugh.. if this marine was walking along the street.. frnakly I’d prefer to cross over the road and walk on the other side.. can you imagine him one day with children and he buys one of them a pet dog and then he goes on to say.. ‘hey kids.. you know what ..? Daddy once working as a marine found a poor lost little puppy and guess what I did?.. yep.. I just threw it off a high cliff?’ becuase I thought it woudl be ‘funny’ for a laugh.. the kids will turn their heads.. look up at him.. wordless.. yes.. exactly..

  • Robert says:

    Terrible unexcusable tragedy! My outrage wishes that someone would throw all 3 of these marines off a cliff as well! But that is not for me to decide I do have religious beliefs however that make me believe they will some day have their turn! Let’s not all label our U.S. Marines this way let’s remember that the vast of majority of our military do not condone this type of behavior. Let’s not take for granted those that have sacrificied and continue to sacrifice to defend out nation. It is my opinion that the Marine Corps have their own way of policing up this kind of garbage within their organization. Be aware and keep fighting to stop animal neglect and abuse!

  • Troy says:

    What a sickening act! He deserves to experience the same terror that poor little dog was put through. Simply being kicked out of the marines is not enough of a punishment.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rob Camarota That’s a ridiculous thing to say. I am 100 prochoice but would never advocate throwing a baby off a cliff and neither would any other prochoice person I know. Besidesthis blog is about the death of an innocent puppy. Don’t try to minimize that.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Kurt K That’s big of youto forgive this man for a wrong that was not done to you. If I ever hear you got murdered I’ll be the first to forgive your murderer for you……

  • ryan c rope says:

    What an ass! Hopefully he repents and does a full 360 degrees before he passes on otherwiseGod will look upon his cruel heart and pass I’m sure a very harsh judgment against him and all who possess such attitudes towards life.

  • Rory says:

    And Rob it’s too bad you weren’t someone’s abortion.

  • Rory says:

    Um Kurt K. I think it’s more evil to actually hurt a living being so why don’t you shut the fuck up. Good for you for having “forgiveness”. I’ll forgive you for being a fucking moron.

  • kacey says:

    Well good to see partial justice served. The military will always to some degree protect their own and therefore he will not face a real court of law. I was absolutely MORTIFIED to watch this doughhead and his loser cohort partake in this vile abject cruelty against this defenseless little creature. What a goon. But alas the scarier part of this equation is that we’ve equipped this “sh!tforbrains” with god complex and an AK47 to go out and “protect” our free nations. We do more damage to ourselves and the countries we send these people to when we allow these types of people into the military. Don’t marines have to go through intense psychiatric evaluations to be admitted. Gawd….put a freakin’ straight jacket on this loser lock him in a padded cell and feed him beetles.

  • Ivy Green says:

    It’s so horrible that people get away with this crap! That was a living breathing BABY! I have a puppy and anyone that would hurt him would not live to tell about it!

  • Domino says:

    To Rob Camarota I suppose you are prolife which is obvious with how ignorant you are about science. A fetus that is less than 12 weeks old is not a living being. In fact fetuses have no ‘life’ or nervous system until they are past 6 or even 7 months old.