Authorities Get Involved After Video Of Emirati Boy Throwing A Cat Against A Wall Goes Viral
When we posted the story 'A video of an Emirati boy throwing a cat against a wall has gone viral and animal welfare workers are fuming' on our Facebook page, social media users expressed their anger and disgust, and many wanted the teenager to be punished.
The boy was arrested by Ajman Police reported Khaleej Times.
The video of the brutal attack against the animal in Ajman which went viral on social media had animal welfare workers and residents condemning the teenager.
There was even a reward of AED 10,000 for anyone who would give the police a description of the boy or his whereabouts. An animal welfare worker contacted the police and demanded legal action be taken. They identified and found the boy.
However, the boy was released on bail after parents undertook a written pledge that he won't commit such an act again.
This is the first time Ajman Police has had to deal with such a case...
Major Ibrahim Saleh, acting director of the Al Madina Police Station, urged parents to teach their children to treat animals humanely, while Obeid Al Shamsi, a member of the Ajman Parents Council, asked parents to instruct their children not to publish or circulate pictures or videos of such acts on social media. He also stated that incidents like these are rare in the UAE.
These acts are punishable under the Animal Welfare Law...
Legal consultant Murtada Majed said that fines can range from between AED 20,000 and AED 30,000. He also added that a perpetrator or his / her parents can appear in court, and pledge not to commit such acts again. Testimony will be taken from a social worker to examine the behavior that led to the incident after which the court will decide if the suspect needs to be referred to a juvenile welfare centre for rehabilitation.