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Horrible ferret cruelty caught on video – good or bad thing?

By Lilli 16 September 2008 123

[First filed: September 16, 2008 @ 09:13]

Did anyone else hear on Sunrise this morning about one/two* Canberran men who I believe are being prosecuted over a video found of them committing various acts of violence against two ferrets, some acts mentioned including sticking them with syringes and bashing them against walls.

At this point in time I can’t find an online news reference but I am still slightly in shock about which is more horrendous – the fact that the man/men committed these acts, or that they taped (and I presumed, uploaded) such disgusting things? What do you all think – is it better that people seem to be uploading videos of this vein (ie. bashings, cruelty) in an almost bid to want to be caught or not? I believe I’m of the opinion that stupid enough to commit the crime then stupid enough to get caught, but what makes these people think it’s a good idea to make footage like this publicly available, or in the first place, film it?!

*I apologise for the vague details but I just caught the story as I woke up and it got me thinking..

UPDATED: Thanks to MissB for pointing us to the RSPCA media release on this issue.

    The two pet ferrets named Trigger and Cooch were stabbed with syringes, locked in a freezer and smashed against walls. To make matters worse these acts were video taped.

    “Sadly only enough evidence exists to lay charges against two of the four alleged culprits, and I am pleading with the magistrate to hand out the harshest penalty possible.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: The ABC reports that Thomas Sorahan and Adriano Larobina, both 28, from Canberra, have been found guilty.

They will be sentenced next month but readers should take some satisfaction from the fact the men will forever have prospective employers and girlfriends googling their names, and finding this story.

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BerraBoy68 12:20 pm 06 Nov 08

GB said :

While I welcome eloquent and well thought out posts, I also find some of the contributions from people who struggle to communicate to be rather more useful than those from the literate bullies.

BerraBoy68 said :

RiotACT welcomes anybody as contributors including prostitutes, self confessed druggies and even (God help us) the illiterate.

What use is a “right of reply” that excludes excludes people just because they are prostitutes, druggies or illiterate?

Do I want ferret torturers running around unrestrained? No. But I do want some insight into how they might think, which arno has provided.

I never said prostitutes, druggies etc… weren’t welcome GB. In fact, I said they are welcome. I think recent posts on drug use and the prostitution industry are fascintating and those who participate in these activities have contributed to interesting discussion. Since when have the quotes on the banners refelected the truth, commonsence or unanimous views? Take my comment in that particular post as being lighthearted.

Granny 12:05 pm 06 Nov 08

Arno was attempting to threaten and intimidate people with violence and make them to afraid to express an opinion or speak out about animal cruelty.

This goes a lot further than giving insight into how somebody thinks. He’s getting exactly what he deserves, the bully.

GB 11:46 am 06 Nov 08

While I welcome eloquent and well thought out posts, I also find some of the contributions from people who struggle to communicate to be rather more useful than those from the literate bullies.

BerraBoy68 said :

RiotACT welcomes anybody as contributors including prostitutes, self confessed druggies and even (God help us) the illiterate.

What use is a “right of reply” that excludes excludes people just because they are prostitutes, druggies or illiterate?

Do I want ferret torturers running around unrestrained? No. But I do want some insight into how they might think, which arno has provided.

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