Case Western Students Charged With Cruelty for Torturing and Killing a Hamster

April 2004

PETA received a link to video footage of three Case Western Reserve University students torturing and killing a hamster, including one student biting off the live hamster’s leg and head. We immediately contacted the university and authorities and all three students were charged with cruelty.

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