"Cute little puppy, huh?" Those were the words uttered by a US Marine before tossing a yelping puppy over a cliff and laughing as it hit the bottom. Another marine who took video of the incident was overheard chuckling while saying, "That was mean."
The video was posted to YouTube and circulated virally before being removed. It’s disappearance did not stop the outrage expressed over the lance corporal’s mistreatment of the animal. Because the marine’s name was spoken on the clip, his family at home was already tracked down and received so many death threats since Monday that they disconnected their phone. A behavior and psychiatric professor at Stanford describes the stresses that may lead to such behavior, "You’re constantly confronting those fears and one of the ways to confront that may be by showing you’re the one that renders other creatures helpless. The thought is that ’I’m not the one who gets thrown off a cliff, I’m the one doing it." Thus far, the marines have launched a formal investigation and the press spokesman laments, "Certainly, there’s a lot of outrage, and a lot of people are upset about it. I think every Marine is upset about this video."
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