Dec 8 2011
PETA Rebukes White House for ‘flippantly’ dismissing a question on Senate’s vote approving a bill that would repeal the military’s ban on bestiality.
CNS NEWS PETA has also written to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking him to make sure that language is added to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to prohibit both bestiality and cruelty to animals. A provision in the Defense authorization bill that passed the Senate last week by a 93-to-7 vote would strip the provision from the UCMJ that currently prohibits sodomy and bestiality.
In a letter to Carney, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk told the White House spokesman, “In watching last night’s news briefing, we were upset to note that you flippantly addressed the recently approved repeal of the military ban on bestiality,” Newkirk writes. “As we outlined in the attached letter sent yesterday to the Secretary of Defense, animal abuse does not affect animals only–it is also a matter of public safety, as people who abuse animals very often go on to abuse human beings.”
“[M]illions of Americans are upset that animals no longer have even minimal protections under the UCMJ [Uniform Code of Military Justice],” the PETA president wrote.
“We hope that the public outcry against this inadvertent lapse will inspire the military to take action to make sure that it will be able to fully and appropriately serve and protect all Americans–human and nonhuman alike,” Newkirk said.
In a separate letter, Newkirk told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that “an emergency exists” and asked Panetta for his “immediate intervention” in the bestiality situation.
“PETA is being inundated with complaints regarding the inadvertent removal of an anti-bestiality provision
from the Uniform Code of Military Justice, stripping away what minimal protection the UCMJ afforded “non-public” (i.e., non-service) animals,” the letter said.
The repeal of the military law against sodomy and sex with animals was contained in the 926-page Department of Defense authorization bill that the Senate passed last Thursday evening. Page 174 of the bill includes the provision headlined in capital letters: “REPEAL OF SODOMY ARTICLE.” Click here to see a PDF of the page.