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WHY DO THAT? Elite Israeli soldier arrested for drive-by shooting of camel, filming it

Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
edited January 2016 in Animal Deaths/Attacks

An elite Israeli soldier has been jailed for shooting dead a camel in the West Bank.

The young soldier opened fire with a pistol from inside his car as he drove past the animal on a road near the Dead Sea.

A comrade filmed the shooting and they posted the video on the internet but hastily took it down when it began to go viral. The camel was found dead on the side of the road.

Both soldiers are from the Duvdevan unit, which is known for its undercover operations.

They were arrested in December and an Israeli court gag order prevents them from being named.

The man who pulled the trigger was sentenced to four months in prison while the comrade who filmed it was sentenced to two months, according to The Times of Israel.

Both men were demoted to the rank of private.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/12124397/Elite-Israeli-soldier-jailed-for-shooting-a-camel.html

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Comments

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator

    It is not the first time Israeli troops have run into trouble for cruelty to animals. In 2013 a soldier was filmed cooking a live bird in a pot of boiling water.

    A year earlier another soldier was jailed for pouring scalding water on a stray cat.

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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • GrumpyGuy_MOD_GrumpyGuy_MOD_ Moderator
    edited January 2016
    As depraved as these individuals are, they shouldn't overshadow the fact that humans as a whole are pretty cruel to animals.

    Sport hunting, prison-like cage farming, laboratory testing and profit-driven ecological destruction come to mind. 

    If these soldiers are going to jail, I think every sport hunter out there should join them.  There is no difference between drive-by-shooting a camel for a video and sniping a wild animal so you can mount its body parts on a wall and tell grand stories about it.  Both activities are depraved. 

    The only reasons the drive-by seems so shocking is because we expect soldiers to be disciplined, and because we don't have centuries of tradition built up around the practice.  We absolutely do have such traditions built up around well-fed men cheerfully roaming the wilderness with guns looking for something to shoot.  Traditions aside, as they almost always should be, is there any difference? 

    I guarantee that if the soldier had walked out into the desert off-duty with a bolt-action rifle and had his friend film him shooting the camel in a more traditional manner, only animal activist groups would be bothered by it.


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