Emirati Man Who Tortured a Cat is Punished in Accordance with Tenets of Islam Faith
You may have seen the story of the Emirati1 man in Dubai who uploaded a gruesome video showing a cat being fed to his hungry dogs. In the most arrogant and callous manner the man was filmed encouraging his two dogs to attack and kill the cat who was pulled from a cage.
The video clip was circulated widely on social media. It is one of those classic cases of a person who has lost his moral compass (if he had one) and sees nothing wrong in advertising to the world how callous and cruel he has been.
The response by the authorities was rapid, I am pleased to say. The Minister for Climate Change and Environment tweeted:
“Inflicting injury or malicious killing of animals is unaccepted and anyone in violation of Federal Law No 18, 2016 will be held accountable.”
The Minister further added that the man’s behaviour “do not comply [sic] with the teachings of Islam nor with the customs and values of the UAE”.
The Emirati man was tracked down and summarily punished under an order of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The order was made a day after the man and his two employees were arrested by Dubai police at a farm, we are told. I like the speed.
The punishment is very fitting. The three men were ordered to clean Dubai Zoo for four hours daily for the following 90 days. This is a community service punishment. The Dubai Media Office said:
“By orders of Mohammed Bin Rashid, the men involved in cat cruelty incident to clean Dubai zoo facilities for four hours daily for three month as community service because of their savage and cruel behaviour which is against our values and Islam that always encourages to be mercy on animals”. (This is quoted verbatim, and as you can see that the English is not perfect).
The ruler of Dubai is keen to protect Emirati values which emphasises mercy and rejects any form of violence, including against animals. The community service orders are a way for the men to serve society and raise awareness of how animal abuse is punished in the region.
Comment: I like the speedy reaction of the authorities. The speed is very impressive and the punishment fitting, as mentioned, but I have one personal criticism. I’d like the punishment to be more severe. But the advantage of this punishment is that it has been well publicised. This should be a genuine deterrent.
Note: 1 – a citizen of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Shar Kariffe, a normal person does not raise pet hamsters etc… to feed to their cat!
I think a more fitting punishment would have been to put the man in a cage with a hungry lion or tiger at the zoo and let them have a go at “elightening” this man about what he did to the innocent cat. But of course in our modern and compassionate societies that would be considered excessive and brutal. It is good that some sort of punishment was meted out, and swiftly, but I question whether or not it will actually deter the man from committing such acts of cruelty in the future.
Good that they received quick justice under the laws of Dubai.
Animal cruelty anywhere by anyone is unacceptable and immoral as far as I’m concerned.
Question: Should people who put their cats outdoors to be eaten by fox, coyotes, eagles and hawks also receive the same punishment for feeding their cats to other animals?
This is a philosophical question. My immediate response is that if you put a cat outside where he is hurt or killed by a predator, the actual killing process is an accident of nature. Is not a deliberate act by a person to kill somebody or an animal. It is a predator acting instinctively as an act of survival. Yes, the person letting their cat go outside may be careless and negligent but it is not a crime. However, when a person deliberately and sadistically hurts a person or an animal then we call that a crime because it goes beyond negligence and carelessness. There is therefore a marked difference.
So … I guess if someone raises pet goldfish or pet gerbils or pet hamsters or pet mice or pet rats and feeds them to their cat then they should receive the same punishment. Have cats somehow taken total control of your sense of reason and taken total control of your minds?
Firstly, if you are the well-known troll, Woody, then please do not make any further comment after this one unless it is polite and well reasoned. Sorry to say that but you sound as if you might be this particular person.
In the UK, if a person feeds a goldfish to a domestic cat then that would in my opinion be a crime under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The same would go for a gerbil. There’s no question about that.
The only difficulty is that it is very hard to provide proof that a person is feeding their cat with a live gerbil because it would happen behind closed doors and there would be no witnesses other than the perpetrator.
In this instance the Emirati man committed his crime in plain view of others and indeed he ensured that it was filmed and then in his arrogance he posted the video on social media. That is why he was caught and that is why he has been punished.
No doubt there are many people all over the world who abuse domestic animals including cats and they get away with it because either there is little or no evidence and/or the police don’t care about it.