- Government of VietnamPeople's Committee of Quang Nam Province
Vietnam: Punish the animal abusers who tortured and killed the two monkeys!
UPDATE January 21, 2013 - The three people who caught and brutally slaughtered three shanked langurs have been sentenced to 12-28 months in prison by the Sa Thay District People's Court in Kon Tum province, reported VietNamNet Bridge: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/57509/killing-langurs--three-people-sent-to-jail.html
July 24, 2012 - petition started by Occupy for Animals!
A horrible crime against animals happened last week in Vietnam: three Vietnamese soldiers tortured, skinned alive, eviscerated and barbecued two monkeys - a male and a pregnant female.
One of them had posted the pictures on Facebook triggering a public outcry in Vietnam that had finally lead to the arrest of these murderers who have admitted the killings.
What is very worrying about the incident is that the young soldier who posted the photos on Facebook did not think he did "anything wrong"...
By signing this petition, a message will be sent instantly to the Vietnamese authorities calling for severe punishment of the abusers and that thus, an example is being set. Furthermore, we ask the Vietnamese government to listen to many of their citizens who are asking to introduce a mandatory animal rights and animal welfare education in all primary schools because it appears from this incident, that some Vietnamese citizens do not realize that torturing and killing sentient beings is wrong and that it is a criminal act.
For more information about this crime, please see our website but be WARNED that the article contains very shocking pictures:
- People's Committee of Quang Nam Province
Government of Vietnam
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Subject: three Vietnamese soldiers tortured, skinned alive, eviscerated and barbecued two monkeys - a male and a pregnant female.
I signed this petition because I came to know of a horrific incident that took place in your country, where three Vietnamese soldiers tortured, skinned alive, eviscerated and barbecued two monkeys - a male and a pregnant female.
Photographs of this sadistic and criminal event on the internet have shocked tens of thousands of people worldwide, with the extent of the horrible brutality depicted. What is even more shocking, and very worrying at the same time, is that the soldier who had posted these pictures on Facebook, later said that he was not aware that he did anything wrong.
As you would surely know, the link between animal abuse and crimes against humans has been well documented over several decades.
Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse.
According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and North-eastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.
That said, we ask the Government of Vietnam to severely punish those responsible for this heinous crime and thus, set an example against animal abuse in your country. The abusers must be locked up, because it is proven that people who can commit such crimes against animals rarely stop there; they are very likely to harm other humans, especially children or other vulnerable people.
We would also like to draw your attention to the fact that one of the abusers said that he was not aware that he did “something wrong”, clearly indicating he lacks the moral values to differentiate right from wrong.
Sadly, this is a phenomenon often observed when we do not educate our children from a young age about animal rights and animal welfare. If we did, we would likely see a drop in not just animal abuse, but also human abuse worldwide.
Teaching children from a young age to respect ALL life and not to harm animals, is of benefit to society as a whole, and we ask the Vietnamese government to listen to many of their citizens who are asking to introduce a mandatory animal rights and animal welfare education in all primary schools because it appears from this incident, that some Vietnamese citizens do not realize that torturing and killing sentient beings is wrong and that it is a criminal act.
The implementation of an awareness program for soldiers would also seem appropriate - given that even the authorities have acknowledged that there is a need for education, both in animal rights and animal welfare / conservation - so that similar incidents are prevented from occurring in the future.
We believe you will agree that this sort of incident has no place in the future of this planet that we all share, and we trust that you will implement the necessary measures to avoid such horrible crimes in the future.
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