A video of a young Lebanese man microwaving a live cat has gone viral. It seems that one man microwaved the cat – for kicks – while the other filmed him – and uploaded the video to Facebook. Blogger Joey Ayoub posts a call to identify the culprits on his blog and manages to track one of them down:
The cat seemed to have suffered a few (hopefully) minor burns but is not dead. I’ll remove the video as soon as the cat is found. The only reason I’m posting this video is because NGOs are already looking for him to confiscate the cat and get him/her the adequate care.
If you know where he is please let us know.
Ayoub names the culprits, saying:
Mohammad Jallad and Hassan Hammoud, if you’re reading this, we’re asking you to hand over the cat to NGOs such as Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) (70-248765) and Animals Lebanon (01-751678). Both are very easy to contact and will have someone collect the cat as soon as possible. There isn’t, can’t possible be, any justifications for what you did. It is sick, horrific and just plain wrong.
Luckily, the cat seemed to have survived. Unluckily, your names are soon going to be – if they aren’t already – associated with sadistic tendencies often found in criminals of the worst kind. I am talking of the notorious connection between the pleasure of inflicting pain on animals and that very same pleasure later felt in the presence of human pain. This isn’t looking very good.
According to Ayoub, Hammoud microwaved the cat, while Jallad filmed him.
A reader comments:
No need indeed to watch the video.Exposing publicly the names of animal abusers for the first time on a social media in Lebanon is a big step for animal rights.You deserve all our respect,we animal lovers!
On Twitter, netizens were as angry.
Ahmad Yassine notes:
I watched the video of the guy putting his cat in the microwave now, #Lebanon is raising young criminals, he needs a therapy ASAP!
— Ahmad M. Yassine (@Lobnene_Blog) November 8, 2013
And Philip Farra dares the police to take action:
— Philip Farra (@philfarra) November 8, 2013