Girls who tortured hen escape punishment

2011-12-06 14:05

Johannesburg - The National Council of SPCA's expressed disappointment on Tuesday that the State has declined to prosecute two Ladysmith schoolgirls in connection with a YouTube video showing the torture of a hen.

"We remain adamant that justice has not been done and that these abusive, insensitive and heartless girls have slipped through the system when in fact they should face up to the consequences of their actions," said NSPCA spokesperson Grace de Lange.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in KwaZulu-Natal has agreed to meet NSPCA executive director Marcelle Meredith.

"After a telephonic conversation with our CEO, the DPP has agreed to meet in order to reconsider the issue of prosecution with regard to the case," said De Lange.

The meeting was expected to happen before the end of the year and would allow the NSPCA to present facts that the DPP was not aware of, De Lange said.

Criminal charges

According to De Lange, the girls are seen giggling and squealing with laughter as they torture the hen. The footage shows the girls throwing and kicking the 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!!!:"

De Lange said that the NSPCA initially laid criminal charges against the high school girls in August, after learning of the YouTube video made three years ago.

"It would be a good thing to prosecute them because children should not be doing things like that and it would be a message to people who want to do silly things that you will be prosecuted," said De Lange.

People found guilty of contravening the Animals Protection Act could get a criminal record as well as penalties and may even be sentenced to serve time.

"There is no doubt in our minds that these girls horribly abused a living creature and need to be taken to task - legally. Frankly, putting this material on YouTube with a comment about 'please no animal cruelty lectures' indicates a complete lack of remorse," said De Lange.

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

  • margyhp - 2011-12-06 14:13

    What sort of person does this kind of thing.??? Extremely badly brought up disgusting kids. Hope someone kicks them around until they are unconscious.

      Go - 2011-12-06 14:22

      Flippen sick kids, they should name them and their parents, regardless of their kids ages.

      Deon - 2011-12-06 14:23

      Future serial killers do this. We will probably hear from them again.

      Go - 2011-12-06 14:44

      @peter - Stupid comment !!

      Mike - 2011-12-06 14:45

      they are juju's friends

      Go - 2011-12-06 15:01

      @peter - what the hell are you on ???? Are you condoning torture of animals ?? Your comments are not only stupid, but irrelevant, idiot !!

      Repline - 2011-12-06 15:17

      @ Peter, How can you expect the problems in the land to go away, if the people of the land cannot even have compassion towards defenceless animals (even though it might be a chicken). Yes I do eat chicken, but there is also a difference between a quick death and one by kicking the poor animal just for fun. Comparing the secrecy bill against the rights of every living creature (which is to live)... how pathetic, i dont even see how you can compare it.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 15:28

      peter - I'm amazed at your logic. You can't see the difference between chopping a chickens head off in order to eat it, and kicking it to death for "fun"? So a human killed slowly and cruely by a psycho, or shot dead instantly - which would you prefer if you had a choice? Weirdo.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 15:31

      peter - I'm lost at your reasoning. We should ignore one wrong because there are so many others. How does ignoring animal cruelty help stop the info bill, or help solve any other problem for that matter. Dude, I think you just may be stupid - or a troll seeking attention!

      nasheenar - 2011-12-06 15:36

      What a bunch of nasty little The only reflection here is your poor upbringing. Respect to all creatures great and small.They ought to be prosecuted, as this will set presidence. What goes around comes around.

      colleen.figg - 2011-12-07 08:40

      I don't think 'badly brought up' quite covers it margyhp!

  • Oceanh - 2011-12-06 14:18

    Most serial killers start with animal abuse, what kind of message are we sending out by not punishing them.

      Shirley - 2011-12-06 14:57

      Well the article said that they wanted to make an example of the:SILL" behaviour! They obviously didnt take it very seriously or try very hard to send any message. These are the same types of youths that feel nothing when they throw a live baby in a pit toilet!

      James - 2011-12-06 15:27

      All serial killers in the US started with animals.

  • Rainbow - 2011-12-06 14:19


  • Jackie - 2011-12-06 14:20

    Seriously! Who in their right mind would do something like this? WHat did their parents teach them......or not?? That is a small defenceless creature that they caused to suffer let alone the terror it must have felt. What else small & defenceless might they do this to? A crying baby maybe? Just saying. They are totally abnormal & should not have gotten away with their behaviour. Nor should they be proud of it. Disgusting.

  • mystae - 2011-12-06 14:23

    Hmmm, makes you think about their parents, too - do they raise their kids to think it's okay to do stuff like this?

  • Shirley - 2011-12-06 14:26

    These are the future leaders of this country!!!! They should be forced into pshyciatic therapy and the parent s should be taken to task as a child doesnt "suddenly" begin with such behaviour. If children are not brought up to respect ALL life on earth then they will have no respect for anything as they reach adulthood. These are traits of pshycopathic behavior!As for the lack of punishment-this is not surprising as animal rights are grossly neglected in this country. Barbaric!!!!!!!

  • Leanne - 2011-12-06 14:35

    They should be named, shamed and punished. If this is what they do for fun, imagine what they are cable of! Animal rights should be taken up more seriously and dealt with more severely. Come on SA...when will it be enough?

      Amanda-Leigh - 2011-12-07 07:58

      I know their names, go onto facebook, like the nspca page and read their lawyer's documentation, their names are printed on it. I would like to plaster their names and faces for all to see.

      Linda - 2011-12-07 10:17

      As they were clearly not ashamed of their actions as they posted the video on you tube - I have no problem with identifying them.... Andrea Green and Jessica Hattingh Winterton - may they suffer the same fate as the poor defenceless chicken!

  • philip.spies - 2011-12-06 14:36

    Epic fail justice department...

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-06 14:43

    Kinda feeling guilty about my chicken burger lunch now...

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 15:35

      Don't feel guilty, the chicken you're about to eat probably was not tortured to death.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-06 15:42

      Do you know why you pray before you eat? Sorry not selling religion here. You are thankful for the life that was sacrificed so you could survive and in doing so you respect the life regardless of how big or small. You may say it was just a chicken or even make fun but thats just being really disrepectful.

      Guy - 2011-12-07 08:10

      @nasheenar You make an interesting comment, but the chicken (or whatever you are going to eat) doesn't know it is dying in order to 'save' your life, and also has no choice in the matter. That is not sacrifice. It's only sacrifice if it's done voluntarily. Jesus, for example, voluntarily gave his life so that you could be saved.

  • sudhir.hira - 2011-12-06 14:43

    imagine all the cruelty at the slaughter houses. How many charges would have to be filed then? Double standards, by people that eat them. Just google videos about then and you will find cruelty. What's the difference?

      Marion - 2011-12-06 14:54

      How can you possibly compare kicking a live chicken around, for fun, until it dies from its injuries with slaughtering chickens to feed people?

      sudhir.hira - 2011-12-06 14:58

      @ Marion: Im not condoning what the girls did. Its a brutal act that should be punished, but i'm saying these animals go through the same sort of torture before being slaughtered and sent to KFC and mcDonalds. But do you getting people complaining about that? No.

      Sharon - 2011-12-06 15:00

      They dont make videos of themselves killing the chicken....u dumbnut

      sudhir.hira - 2011-12-06 15:06

      @Shanna, ja but guys like Carte Blanch and 3rd degree do, you dumbnut

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 15:38

      There is a lot of cruelty in industrial farming, but the purpose is to feed people, not to get pleasure out of the cruelty like these 2 little pyscho's. But yes, you're correct, a lot needs to improve regarding the industrial farming of animals. This fact does not condone this gross intentional cruel act performed by these girls.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 15:41

      Oh, and you do get people complaining about industrial farming - big time. Hence free range eggs are more and more available, free range pork, etc. I eat them when I can get them - they taste better and make me feel better, in the rural areas a bit irregularly available though.

  • Marion - 2011-12-06 14:49

    These girls are one step short of killing someone for fun. Not normal to behave like this. They MUST be prosecuted before another unsuspecting individual ends up chopped into pieces by some sadistic individuals as happened in Bloem recently. SICKOS.

      sudhir.hira - 2011-12-06 15:04


  • Jacqueline - 2011-12-06 15:03

    These girls should b punished according to the law on cruelty to animals. It's flippin barbaric!

  • Heiku - 2011-12-06 15:04

    I bet you all eat chickens.

      Go - 2011-12-06 15:08

      heiku -wow you are so wise !!! we dont all kick them to death before preparing them - chop !!!!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 15:42

      And your point is, Heiku?

  • Pauline - 2011-12-06 15:20

    If children are not punished for actions like this what will they be doing when they get older? This is the most pathetic story I have heard of. And they get away with it. No wonder teachers complain about the manners kids have. If this is an example heaven help them!

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 15:24

    I would certainly be very worried for the safety of these girls children in the future. There are so often links between animal abuse and child abuse, these children certainly have something missing in their brains when it comes to compassion for a living creature. It just boggles my mind, perhaps its to do with the way they were brought up?

      Deon - 2011-12-06 15:38

      Also links between animal cruelty and serial killers, they should be punished before it is too late.

      Marc - 2011-12-06 16:36

      Half right Chum. I'd be worried about them only because if their identity became known to people like me, they might get done in. But that they might get abused after they have done this - well, i wouldn't give a toss. What goes around comes around.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 17:54

      Marc, I was worried about their children, not them ...

  • Penny - 2011-12-06 15:46

    If this occurred three years ago, then there is a good chance that in the next couple of years if not already these individuals will be raising children of their own, God help the poor offspring of these cretins. Why are'nt they exposed by the SPCA -tortured hen one day and battered children the next..sick

  • Michelle - 2011-12-06 15:55

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!!!! Cruel, disgusting, vile little girls!!!!

  • Lana-May - 2011-12-06 15:56

    Oh how I would love to kick the living sh*t out of these girls and put that on youtube!!! Idiots...

  • Vivian - 2011-12-06 15:57

    Hectic, they need to spend some time in a juvenile centre to get rehabilitated in order to go back into public as they clearly don't seem capable of being human

  • asah.matiso - 2011-12-06 16:05

    This is not can these girls do this to a living creature? what if this thing was done to them?how would they feel if this kind of thing was done to them?no good people lets show humanity.

  • asah.matiso - 2011-12-06 16:06

    Animals as have rights,we dont have to torture them

  • rulinda.engel - 2011-12-06 16:21

    I wouldn't mind b!tch slapping them around!

  • Keighley-Ann - 2011-12-06 16:30

    It's low lives like this that make me want to get off of the planet...where are their parents, what sort of home were they brought up in?!? Surely a loving, respectful and morally strong home would not bare rotten apples this way. Karma will get these girls one day...hopefully in the form of a hen pecking their eyes out! And to the justice make me sick! How can we expect to improve the justice system and crime for human beings when people are able to get away with such disgusting acts against defenseless animals?!? Sort out your system, incorporate greater rights for animals and appreciate of life...just maybe you'll see improved numbers for fewer murders!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-06 16:39

      A fitting punishment would be for them to re incarnate as battery hens, stuck in a cage their whole lives unable to even turn around. Or pigs in industrial pig farms - same scenario. Or rather just try to rehabilate their minds by sending them to a shrink, they are just young girls after all?

      Marc - 2011-12-06 16:41

      Cool commentary Keighley-Ann. Sadly our system is obsessed with human-kind (some kind of kind) and especially in this country, animals are barely considered. This is when I have far more belief in vigilanteism. Quick, efficient, ruthless and despite the claims of the naysayers, accurate. Low in cost too.

  • Dannielle - 2011-12-06 16:59

    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!!!:" WHAT THE F**K, THEY SHOULD BE KICKED AROUND TILL THEY DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can not believe how cruel CHILDREN can be!!! Its disgusting and the parents should be held responsible as well, what kind of person raises a monstor like that!!!!!!!!!!

      hadedah - 2011-12-06 20:14

      Dannielle, I would say that type of behavior is created by a total lack of parental love and control at home. 99.5% of the youngsters of today are fairly well behaved because they had a fairly substantial up bringing with good parental control. the way those two are going they will end up in all proberbility in Jail and also with aids. No true family life creates problems like this. This is what is lacking in the street children of today.

  • Winsome - 2011-12-06 17:39

    Where were the parents of these two delightful specimens when this was going down? They should be named and shamed, the whole lot of them so that what they did lives with them forever and ever.

  • mario - 2011-12-06 18:51

    there are people who don't eat meat (chickens). there are people who won't eat meat if it is not on the shelfs of the shops. there are people who will kill an animal in order to eat it. and there are people who kill FOR those two. at least they had the hatress of MANY people. i wish them luck.

  • Heather - 2011-12-06 19:33

    Most serial killers started off by torturing animals. If there are no consequences now, I would hate to thing what the future holds for people who come into contact with them in the future. They and their parents should be named.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-06 19:51

    To get a balanced view, one should experience, consider or at least imagine life from various angles. I think a good lesson for these girls would be to take them for a swim around seal island.

  • Ross - 2011-12-06 20:28

    How could these monsters not feel a single thing when they were killing that chicken. I cannot beleive people are capable of such cruelty and to add a caption like that?! I don't even know.

      Liz - 2011-12-06 21:37

      An African SPCA officer who worked in the townships with incredible dedication once told me that cruelty and enjoyment of causing suffering to others often started early on in life with pulling butterflies wings off and other seemingly mindless destruction and cruelty. He really hoped he could educate kids and help them grow up more compassionate human beings. Sadly there are not enough people out there doing that kind of education.

  • archie1000 - 2011-12-06 21:29

    Worse things happening

  • maureen.bryden - 2011-12-06 21:59

    From the time my 4 kids were small they were taught never to even step on an ant, & all of them & their kids have a deep love & respect for all living creatures. It's a matter of up-bringing & what they learn from the cradle. What truly AMAZES me are the DISLIKES on so many of the comments condemning this disgusting, vile, vicious and virtually criminal act. Just what are these folk's psyche's telling them? And to think they walk amongst us and what's more, are allowed to breed!

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2011-12-07 00:49

    That is not a "silly thing". It is a horrible act of cruelty and the kids should learn now that it is definitely the WRONG thing to do. Prosecute them!!!!!

  • Amanda-Leigh - 2011-12-07 07:55

    Bloody disgusting little creatures, and then their lawyer claims that they are animal lovers and have pets of their own. PLEASE remove those pets with immediate effect before they get sacrificed in the name off giggles on YOUTUBE by two seriously deranged monsters. My children are under the age of 12, and they know what constitutes animal abuse, my 10 year old even took on two much bigger boys at his school who were throwing stones at an injured dove. The fact that these girls bragged about it on YOUTUBE and laughed as they went about their torturing is proof that they knew exactly what they were doing, the fact that they said that people shouldn't start shouting out about animal abuse is more proof that they knew right from wrong. Until our government changes the laws to include stricter punishment against animal abuse, we will continue to hear horror stories like this. As for those little psychos, send them my way, I will give them the hiding they should have gotten years ago!

  • Cathandra - 2011-12-07 08:08

    GHANDI says a nation can be judged by the way they treat their animals and their elderly what does that say about us. How way off are we? Too scary to think about. As a parent of the future generation I try very hard to instil some kind of common decency in my children and a respect for all living creature otherwise what hope do we as a nation have. Sorry I probebly sound twee but I feel a responsiblity because at the end of the day the only one to blame if my kids turn out like these monsters will be MY failing as a parent. No pressure

  • Ian - 2011-12-07 08:24

    I have been following this story and am extremely angry and dissapointed, clearly the prosecuters were bought, corruption thrives once again

  • Sizakele - 2011-12-07 08:39

    Stupid kids they must get punish tough one.

  • Howling - 2011-12-07 08:49

    i would love to kick them up and down !!!!

  • George - 2011-12-07 08:51

    Publish their names and adresses and if possible a photograph of each of them

  • shelley.beukes - 2011-12-07 09:02

    What is this country coming to if young people are allowed to get away with mistreating animals? This is totally disgraceful. This sort of behaviour should never be allowed, but should be severely punished. Not only is harming defenceless animals disgusting, but often the start to more very dangerious behaviour later on in life.

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  • Toni - 2011-12-07 09:11

    We know of the link between violence towards animals as children and behaviour as adults with continued violence toward others incl humans. FYI the comment of 'doing silly things' is equally abbhorent; this was not a silly prank - this was intentional cruelty and they knew EXACTLY what they were doing; hence the comment regarding no animal cruelty lectures. If this is our future, g-d help us all!

  • jackitribe - 2011-12-07 09:15

    I hope they don't experience anything like the torture they inflicted on this little creature, BUT Karma has an uncanny way of coming back ten-fold. Take care little girls your turn is coming....

  • SIMSI - 2011-12-07 09:59

    Do your own prosecution if they served you with a nolle prosequi ...

  • Chez - 2011-12-07 10:00

    Disgusting! i am actually speechless. They should be punished! if they are doing this now as kids to animals and getting away with it, what will they be doing this too next? babies? young children??

  • Ziona - 2011-12-07 10:41

    These people turn out serial killers or worse if you read up about killers they all started out killing some kind of animal as kids. I personally blame the parents, where the heck where they when this happend????

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