On June 24th, a group of Taiwanese marines allegedly beat a dog, hanged it and threw its lifeless body into the ocean outside Kaohsiung. A video of the hanging has gone viral, triggering an investigation and sparking public protests.
In the video, the pale-colored dog named Xiaobai (Little White) is seen hanging down a cliff from a metal chain. It struggles fruitlessly to climb back up and eventually dies. One man says jokingly in the video, “Xiaobai, don’t be a dumb dog in your next life!” The video ended with a man voicing a revised version of the Marine Corps motto, which includes “do not be afraid of death.”
If you have the stomach for it, here’s the video:
According to the Taipei Times, this incident took place because a junior-ranking officer ordered his underlings to make Xiaobai disappear. The director of an animal association visited the Marine Corps base and reported that 4 marines caught the dog, and then two of them beat and hanged it.
Taiwan’s new dog-loving President Tsai Ing-wen and Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan both condemned the soldiers. Feng has also publicly apologized multiple times.
After an internal investigation, the defense ministry announced that it has disciplined the soldiers and officers involved. The officer who ordered the killing and the soldier who carried it out were “asked to be discharged as soon as possible,” reports Inquirer.net. Another accomplice received a 10-day detention.
Many activists remain unsatisfied with this. They called for a harsher sentence even after Feng’s repeated apologies. A group of activists also protested outside the defense ministry and a march outside the Presidential Palace attracted 180,000 people to sign up online before organizers took down the page.
By Amy Yang
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