‘Chicken kickers’ go free

2011-12-07 00:00

THE Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will meet the National Prosecution Authority after it declined to prosecute two girls who posted a video online showing them kicking a hen to death.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in a report to the society yesterday the state will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the two Ladysmith girls — who were younger than 14 at the time of the incident three years ago — were able to appreciate the distinction between right and wrong.

The SPCA laid criminal charges against the two girls in August after a video clip showing them torturing the hen was uploaded to YouTube.

The girls are shown kicking the hen and throwing it into the air. At the end of the footage the hen appears to be unconscious. The caption accompanying the footage 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!!!:”

In his report to the SPCA the deputy director of public prosecutions in KZN, advocate Gert Engelbrecht, said evidence suggests the girls are animal lovers and did not realise what they did was wrongful.

“The uncertainty over the past three years as to whether they would be prosecuted or not and the wide publicity of the matter have left major psychological and even physical scars on both the children.

“Any prosecution of the two at this stage would be constitutionally unfair and would in fact serve no further purpose,” said Engelbrecht.

NSPCA spokesperson Grace de Lange said they will meet the NPA to discuss its decision and to bring to light some facts not on the docket.

“Why have they decided to put this visual material on YouTube after three years if they were so traumatised? Commenting that ‘please no animal cruelty lectures’ indicates a complete lack of remorse.

The fact that they took delight on something they committed three years ago shows that they knew what they were doing was wrong.

“We remain adamant that justice has not been done and that these abusive, insensitive and heartless girls have slipped through the system …” said De Lange.


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