They say that gross animal cruelty is a precursor to violence against people. I think it applies very strongly in this instance. A 24-year-old student from Macau living in Taipei, Taiwan brutally killed a tabby cat belonging to a vegetarian restaurant owner because he said that he was in a bad mood. He wanted to feel better and killing a cat would achieve this. If that isn’t a precursor to further violence I don’t know what is. In fact the student, Chan Ho-Yeung admits that he has a psychological problem:
“I have a psychological problem and I could not control the compulsion to kill a cat.” These are Chan’s words to the judge when he was hauled before the courts on a charge of animal cruelty under Taiwan’s Animal Protection Act.
Chan faces a year behind bars for the violent murder of this cat who was a well-known to residents around the university. He also faces a £25,000 fine.
Residents heard about the charge and attended outside the court where the angry crowd animal of rights activists and protesters attacked him as you can see from the photographs.
Chan said that he stole the cat from the restaurant and then beat him to death. He then dumped the cat’s carcass in a nearby river.
It transpired that he felt in a bad mood because he was upset at being charged earlier in 2016 for the killing of another cat whose name was Big Orange – a ginger tabby and white (see photo). Big Orange was killed by Chan last December and was also a very well-known cat to local residents.
When he saw Big Orange passing by he couldn’t restrain himself from killing him. It has been suggested by other residents that Chan is a serial cat killer having killed four cats at least in total.
Residents are urging politicians to tighten up the animal cruelty laws. They want a five-year jail sentence for extreme animal cruelty. Correctly, animal-rights activists believe that Chan may harm more animals when he is released from prison. Chan has begged for forgiveness so he is showing remorse but judging by his previous behaviour I am certain that he cannot be trusted and never will be.
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