Singaporean boy caught on camera flinging cat off 22nd floor triggers punishment debate

A younger boy was caught by surveillance cameras tossing a beloved group cat off the twenty second flooring of a constructing in Singapore.

The 10-year-old denied the allegations till a cat caretaker who lived in the identical block, Block 186 Boon Lay Avenue, confirmed him the safety footage. He then confessed to the crime, stating that he solely did it as a result of “he didn’t obtain love and care from his household.”

Umi Solikati, a 39-year-old Boon Lay resident, mentioned she discovered the cat, named Panther, lifeless at round 2 p.m. on Dec. 14. She had reportedly been feeding the cat every single day for about 11 years, based on The Straits Instances.

Based on Chua Mui Mui, a 47-year-old native bus captain identified for feeding the group cats, Panther’s dying was not an remoted incident.

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“Prior to now two to 3 years, 5 cats had been thrown off from the identical block,” she was quoted as saying.

Hours after the video was posted on-line, a petition titled Justice for Panther was created, accumulating nearly 60,000 signatures. The creator of the petition, Nadya Im, referred to as for the Animal and Veterinary Service and Singapore Police Drive to “totally examine and produce the perpetrator to justice.”

“We perceive that the perpetrator is a juvenile and the Animal and Birds Act 1965 could not apply however we urge the related Authorities to implement this legislation and hope that this act of cruelty might be punished with an equal normal,” Im wrote.

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Below Part 42 of the Animal and Birds Act 1965, any particular person discovered responsible of animal cruelty could face a fantastic of as much as $15,000 and/or imprisonment of as much as 18 months.

The video was posted to a lot of on-line communities, garnering sturdy opinions from varied commenters. Amongst these was a dialogue thread on the AskSingapore subreddit asking whether or not the boy who threw the cat needs to be punished.

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The vast majority of commenters held sturdy opinions that the boy needs to be dropped at justice, no matter his age.

Some Redditors identified that animal abuse is thought to be one of many first indicators of psychopathy, suggesting that the boy could develop as much as commit extra heinous crimes.

In response, different commenters proposed that the boy’s punishment ought to come within the type of rehabilitation and schooling.

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