Since Early Morning , we have been bombarded with posts and tweets of people trying to expose the identity and whereabouts of two men : and Hassan Hammoud
The two men posted a Video of themselves brutally shoving a cat into a microwave, in an attempt to “cook” it alive as one of them stated in the video. Despite the cat’s obvious discontent, the two men kept experimenting and forcing it back into the microwave.
Judging from the comments on the Video the two men are clearly unaware of the gravity of the situation and exhibit very violent behavior as well as vile language. Their profiles also showcase previous cases of abuse against animals
Countless of complaints and cries for help have been sent to Beta, Animals Lebanon and Apaf’s social media platforms. Individuals have also expressed their outrage and are trying to expose the identity of the two perpetrators.
What does animal abuse say about the Lebanese society?
As sad as it may sound, animal welfare associations highlight, on a daily basis, thousands of animal abuse cases. From cats being tortured to death, puppies being starved and thrown away from cars even wild animals being captured and skinned alive!
A number of studies among which a 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department have revealed a “startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims.” Pet abuse is also one of four indicators of possible domestic violence.
Unfortunately, most of the school crimes and shootings in the United States have been linked to animal abuse. 15 year old Kipland P. Kinkel who shot more than 22 schoolmates and teachers had a history of animal abuse. Such appears the case with the recent Oregon tragedy, following incidents in Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas (twice), Pennsylvania and Tennessee making animal abuse one of the key symptoms of criminal behavior.
In the Light of Scientific studies and the animal abuse phenomenon in Lebanon, we cannot help but worry and wonder what kind of deviance we might be harboring within a society that refuses too acknowledge its own ailments.
Elise Bou Malham.