KZN schoolgirls charged for hen torture
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.