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Help Us Catch YouTube Squirrel Killer and Get $15,000

Written by Alisa Mullins | August 7, 2014

PETA and our international affiliates are offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who is shown luring a squirrel with food and then kicking the animal into the air above the Grand Canyon, as seen in a now infamous YouTube video. Our European affiliates are also involved in the hunt for this person, as are our Canadian members, since the perpetrator is thought to be French or French Canadian.

It is imperative that this man and his accomplice be caught, since they will almost certainly commit more violent crimes against animals and humans if they aren’t stopped. Perhaps they already have. Psychiatrists, FBI profilers, and law-enforcement officials have repeatedly documented that people who are cruel to animals are likely to turn that violence against humans. A study conducted by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans.

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PETA and other animal protection groups sought the apprehension of Luka Rocco Magnotta after he allegedly posted videos of himself torturing and killing kittens. He was finally arrested after allegedly posting a video of himself killing and dismembering his lover. Virtually every known serial killer, including Jeffrey Dahmer, Son of Sam, and the Boston Strangler, started out killing animals before moving on to human victims.

What You Can Do

To save animal and human lives, report every instance of cruelty to animals to authorities. Today’s squirrel killer could be tomorrow’s mass murderer.

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  • Wendy Hage says:

    Please don’t stop looking for these men, appalling cruelty to this poor squirrel who was so trusting.
    These men are sick in the mind and once they have done this once and get away with it they will continue to abuse animals.
    Very distressing video

  • Stephanie says:

    Appaling. I could not bring myself to watch the end of the video. This made me cry.

  • Laura says:

    I am horrified by this act against this poor squirrel. Yes this person needs to be made accountable for his horrific act against animals. This one was filmed, but he has probably been killing other animals. This insensitivity will follow through in their actions to other animals, and people in some sort or form.

  • Sofia Abrahams says:

    Hiya Peta!
    I’m 12 year old vegetarian and I am obsessed with squirrels as well as all animals,
    When I read about this squirrel killer I was horrified
    Every animal is equal…
    Cruel minds think “but it’s just a squirrel” or “Its so tiny, who cares!”
    but they are dead wrong, those men involved in this squirrel attack are sick minded and a bad body image so too right they should be punished!

  • The disgusting and gratuitous luring and killing of the squirrel should be punished. Those who say it was “just” a squirrel or “just” an animal still need to ask themselves what kind of people enjoy killing. Those men, in my opinion, are completely lacking in character or any redeeming quality.

  • zachary says:

    This is terrible i reported someone on facebook who said they abuse newborn female puppies

  • Steve A says:

    How can we increase the reward amount?

  • Sigh says:

    This is so dumb I don’t care what that poor crazy squirrel did to deserve this!

  • Steve says:

    The DESPICABLE man who kicked the squirrel off into the Grand Canyon needs to be CAUGHT and PUNISHED… AND SO DOES THE PERSON TAKING THE VIDEO… they are JUST AS GUILTY!

  • Marissa says:

    This is sickening! SICKENING!

    I hope this person is caught and punished. Rest in peace little one.

  • I’d love to catch that killer, but I live in the U.S.

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