Thursday, January 28, 2016

Never shoot a camel, but if you do, don't film it

American military lawyers are familiar with the archaic-sounding offense of abusing a public animal. Fast forward to 2016. Two members of an elite unit of the Israel Defence Forces have been punished for shooting a camel and failing to report it. The Times of Israel reports:
One of the soldiers, who was filmed firing at the animal in a video that later went viral, was sentenced to four months in prison along with a suspended sentence. He was also demoted to the rank of private. 
A second soldier who was in the car at the time of the incident was sentenced to two months, and was also demoted to the rank of private. 
“The sentence reflects the severity with which the IDF sees the offense of cruelty to animals, especially when it involves using a military-issued weapons,” the IDF said in a statement. 
The two, members of the elite Duvdevan infantry unit, were arrested in December after footage they took of the shooting went viral.
What sentence would you have awarded? 

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