Charges laid over hen torture video
Criminal charges have been laid against two KwaZulu-Natal schoolgirls in connection with a YouTube video showing the torture of a hen, the NSPCA said today.
NSPCA 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!!!”
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 July 1, has been removed from YouTube.