KANEOHE (KHNL) - Animal cruelty will not be tolerated - that's the message from the Marine Corps as it hands down punishment to the two soldiers videotaped throwing a puppy over a cliff while serving in the Middle East.
The soldiers were based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe at the time they were serving in Iraq. As part of their punishment, one of the them could be kicked out of the Marines.
They laugh, and make jokes, then toss the puppy into a rocky gulch. You hear the dog yelp as it flips in the air. The 17-second YouTube clip shocked animal lovers around the world.
"That's just ridiculous. It's basically the same thing as throwing an infant over a cliff," said Honolulu resident Jenna Kremar.
"Regardless of whether it's a puppy, whether it's a dog or it's another human, we're all living beings on this great earth so it's about humaneness in every single one of us," said Kawehi Yim of the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Pamela Davis, the President of Animal Advocate Inc. says it's disturbing, but not shocking behavior among those exposed to violent environments.
"There's a definite link, correlation, that's been established between cruelty towards animals and cruelty towards humans," said Davis.
"That should be from what you were raised on. That shouldn't have anything to do with your military training. That's just a horrible person," said Honolulu resident Daniel Skierski.
In a statement, the Marine Corps says "Lance Corporal David Motari received Non-Judicial Punishment and is being processed for separation from the Marine Corps. Sergeant Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion also received Non-Judicial Punishment.
The military says it cannot give out the results of the punishment due to the Privacy Act.
"I think they should be thrown in jail and fined for it because that's ridiculous animal cruelty," said Kremar.
It's cruelty that animal lovers say cannot be justified, regardless of the kind of environment anyone is in.