January 23, 2002
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In Greece, a military officer decapitates (article in greek - english) 5 puppies, using an axe. Just like that. The jury reached a verdict, yesterday: he will face imprisonment for up to 6 months, while the two soldiers who tried to stop him may go to jail for 5 years! I'm just wondering, what would the verdict be if this happened in the US? And how solid is the legislation regarding animal abusement, in general?
posted by kchristidis (16 comments total)
 
I should say that, at rare times like that, I feel like joining the turkish army.
posted by kchristidis at 2:03 PM on January 23, 2002


Kostas, yeah you're right. At least with the Turks you can murder some Armenians and Greek Cypriots instead of a few puppies.
posted by skallas at 2:11 PM on January 23, 2002


well this guy got three years
posted by victors at 2:18 PM on January 23, 2002


argh, next time warn us when there is going to be a somewhat graphic photograph.
posted by disaster at 2:19 PM on January 23, 2002


Maybe we should join the U.S. Army and hand out some smallpox blankets.

Trollio.
posted by Mid at 2:19 PM on January 23, 2002


translated article is really unreadable - but it is clear that these were dogs, not puppies

any explanation for why this was done? and why two others tried to stop the guy?

personally, it doesn't bother me if they were tried for insubordination and got more time than the dog killer did.

I can think of excellent reasons* for killing dogs, but the method here was a bit brutal. Where did the dogs come from? What were they doing on a military base?


*"wild" or feral dogs should be either desexed or shot. Letting them breed is more abusive than euthanizing.
posted by yesster at 2:24 PM on January 23, 2002


where's the graphic photograph?
posted by David Dark at 2:31 PM on January 23, 2002


Are we sure that the photo is actually of the incident in question? Those dogs don't look very decapitated. Plus, there are more than five.
posted by jpoulos at 2:34 PM on January 23, 2002


Skallas, you know i was just kidding. Just a metaphor to show that this made me outrageous.
posted by kchristidis at 2:37 PM on January 23, 2002


Note: the image accompanying the article has nothing to do with the case. Just an image with some dogs.

I know the translated article is a bit unreadable, but I think that you can get the facts by reading it.

(And sorry for the lack of a warning).
posted by kchristidis at 2:39 PM on January 23, 2002


*"wild" or feral dogs should be either desexed or shot. Letting them breed is more abusive than euthanizing.

I agree that feral dogs should be sterilized but let me point out that it's not the dogs' (or cats for that matter, feral cats are a problem too) fault that the domesticated animal population is out of control. It's our fault, humans fault, for being irresponsible to begin with. Shooting animals because they're a nuisance just isn't acceptable to me. If the only way to eliviate the problem is to euthanize, then fine. But at least have the decency to do so humanely.
posted by misscolleen at 3:13 PM on January 23, 2002


I stepped in poo today, so I say euthanize the whole lot, even the ones that belong to people...
posted by techgnollogic at 4:17 PM on January 23, 2002


Hey, that was human poo. Can't you taste the difference?
posted by fleener at 6:18 PM on January 23, 2002


hey fleenie! *waves*
posted by techgnollogic at 7:49 PM on January 23, 2002


Just to clear a coupla things out: this guy was a reserve officer, not a full-time one (similar to a ROTCie, serving in the regular Army for a fixer period of time). Also, dogs are very common in Greek Army bases; mainly as 'pets' for the soldiers. They do tend to run in packs, so in large numbers, they are a bit scary; now, decapitating 5 puppies is despicable to say the least...
posted by costas at 1:40 AM on January 24, 2002


where's the graphic photograph?

If that's an itch, I hear slaughterhouses can scratch it. Also consult DSM-IV regarding childhood conditions.
posted by fold_and_mutilate at 7:16 AM on January 24, 2002


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