Security guard pours boiling water on pregnant cat ‘because it stole a sausage’

A man has been fired after pouring boiling water over a pregnant cat, killing the animal and her unborn kittens, in a brutal act of cruelty.

The security guard captured the stray cat in a cage and poured scolding hot water on her allegedly as a savage act of revenge after he believed the animal had eaten his sausage.

Footage of the incident that occurred in Taiyuan in central China’s Shanxi province went viral on Chinese social media after being uploaded on Monday.

The video was uploaded to Chinese social media site Weibo and racked up over 560 million views, and sparked a huge backlash from users of the site.

Despite the animal being rushed to a vet after a passerby intervened, it is reported that the cat and all four of her unborn kittens died.

South China Morning Post reports that the man’s employer, Taiyuan Security Services, has since fired the man and paid 5,000 yuan (£573) to the Taiyuan animal protection group.

It is also reported that the man was detained by police following the incident.

The distressing incident has raised hopes that animal rights could become protected by law in China – where currently there are none.

The incident has given hope that attitudes towards animals in China may be changing.

Chinese broadcaster, CCTV, reports: “It is the consensus of the whole society to say no to cruelty against animals, but incidents of cruelty and killing of animals still occur from time to time.

“Faced with such serious acts of committing and spreading violence, we should no longer remain at the level of moral condemnation.”

While the CCTV service also call for laws to be introduced to better protect animals, justifying that people who do not treat animals well are unlikely to treat other people well.

They report: “With laws, we protect not just the animals, but also ourselves.”

This year, a ban on the eating of cats and dogs was introduced in cities in China – however, the move was in response to the coronavirus pandemic and seen as a way of limiting the spread of the virus among humans rather than an act of protecting the lives of the four-legged animals.

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