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Ten girls in South Africa are facing cruelty charges after PETA alerted officials there to a disturbing YouTube video in which a group of girls tossed and kicked a hen to death. Whoever posted the video on YouTube introduced the clip by writing, “Well basically… um… this is what we do at sleepovers at 6 am as you can see with the pajamas 🙂 … and the chicken did die )-o and please no animal cruelty lectures!!!.”
We’re relieved that suspects have been identified and charges filed against two of them after PETA raised the alarm. Psychiatrists, criminal profilers, and law-enforcement officials have repeatedly documented that kids who abuse animals for kicks are often violent toward humans too. If you know of anyone who mistreats animals, please notify authorities right away—for everyone’s safety.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post