Singapore’s military has sparked an online storm after punishing a whistle-blowing soldier for leaking video footage of a dog allegedly being abused inside an army camp.
The controversy was triggered after a soldier filmed a cowering stray dog suspended by a taut white rope around its neck in a military camp bathroom, preventing it from lying down or moving around.
He released it to an animal rights activist, a member of local group Animal Lovers League, who subsequently shared the video on Facebook on Jan 14.
The 21-second clip displaying the restrained jet-black dog went viral and triggered widespread condemnation from Singapore’s animal-lovers.
The soldier, whose name has not been revealed, had also alleged that stray dogs venturing into the suburban military camp were being beaten.
In a Facebook post late on Tuesday the military denied any abuse of stray dogs by the camp’s commanders and said the soldier had been punished for violating rules against unauthorised photography inside the camp and disclosure of information to persons outside the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). — AFP