Army Captain Disciplined for Offering Soldiers Reward for Stabbing, Killing Pig

Published by PETA.

Following a PETA complaint, the U.S. Army confirmed that it had disciplined a captain who offered a reward to soldiers for allegedly stabbing, dismembering, and killing a wild pig.

A distressed whistleblower told PETA that an Army captain offered soldiers a $100 cash reward for killing a pig in the Kahuku Training Area in Hawaii in June. The whistleblower reported witnessing soldiers use a knife attached to a stick to stab the animal, after which they repeatedly bludgeoned the pig’s head with a shovel-like tool, cut the pig’s throat with the knife, cut apart the pig’s body, and sealed the body parts in bags that they later threw into the surrounding landscape.

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The whistleblower told Army Times: “We were told to keep our mouths shut and not say anything about it. I didn’t say anything for a long time, but this isn’t right. As a company commander, how do you get away with doing these kinds of things? What are you thinking?”

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Following PETA’s complaint, the Army confirmed that the captain had been reprimanded. His actions could reportedly potentially affect his career with the Army.

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