A $15,000 reward has been offered by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA) of the United States, France and the United Kingdom for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the despicable culprits who lured a defenseless squirrel to the edge of the Grand Canyon and then kicked it off; just for sadistic fun reported the New York Daily News.
The egregious act was videoed and then uploaded to YouTube by Jon Hildebrand of Virginia, who states he was not part of the sick production. Hildebrand had been on vacation at the Grand Canyon when he stepped away from his friends and spotted the two men engaging with the squirrel.
The 15 second video shows two bare chested men wearing straw hats reported to be French tourists. One of the men wearing "tighty whities" stands on a rock with his camera preparing to film the sick event. The other man is then seen dropping little crumbs along the edge of the cliff to lure the adorable little squirrel over to him.
As the squirrel gets closer, and since much of the wildlife at the Grand Canyon are very accustomed to humans wandering about and no doubt feeding them treats, the little squirrel had no idea of his terrible fate. The man is observed slipping on his sneaker, and within seconds takes aim and kicks the tiny rodent over the cliff.
PETA Director Martin Mersereau called the hard-to-watch video "sadistic" and stated:
"Animal abusers are bullies and cowards who look to victimize the most vulnerable, defenseless individuals available to them — human or nonhuman — and this man must be caught as soon as possible."
Park officials are investigating the incident. No one ever made a report, however public outrage continues to bring enormous pressure to the park rangers to help find these two miserable tourists.
According to UK's economicvoice.com., PETA UK spokesperson discussed his concern for the dastardly act stating:
“It is imperative that any community faced with a sadistic and violent act such as this take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice. Animal abusers are a danger to everyone..."
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Grand Canyon Chief Ranger Bill Wright at 928-638-7888.
Let's bring these two men to justice. If found guilty they face a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine for harassing wildlife.
The original YouTube video was removed because it depicted animal cruelty.
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