Monday, October 24, 2016

Cruelty to animals under military law

Military justice mavens have long enjoyed pointing to "abusing a public animal" as the quintessential odd offense, right up there with dueling. Comes now the recent Manual for Courts-Martial amendments, adding important protection for pets, as summarized in this Humane Society blog post by Wayne Pacelle. The cases that led to the change are disturbing, and it's no wonder the change was made.

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