KZN schoolgirls charged for hen torture

2011-08-16 19:44
Johannesburg - Criminal charges have been laid against two KwaZulu-Natal schoolgirls over a YouTube video showing the torture of a hen, the NSPCA said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Grace de Lange said the footage depicts the girls throwing and kicking a hen back and forth. At the end of the video, the hen appears to be unconscious.

A caption posted with the video reads: "well basically um this is what we do at sleepovers at 6am as you can see with the pajamas:) ... and the chicken did die )-o and please no animal cruelty lectures!!!: (sic)"

De Lange said the NSPCA traced the individuals in the video, interviewed the parents, and had laid charges of animal cruelty at Winterton police station in KwaZulu-Natal.

"Animals are sentient beings and should be shown compassion and respect," she said.

The footage, posted on 1 July, has been removed from YouTube.

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