By Staff writer
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed orders culprits to clean zoo for four hours a day for three months
Three men involved in feeding a cat to dogs have been ordered to clean Dubai Zoo by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed said the culprits will clean the zoo for four hours a day for three months as punishment for the act of animal cruelty.
In a series of tweets, the crime was described as "brutal and cruel" and "contrary to our values and the teachings of our religion who urged on animal welfare".
No details were given about the men involved. It is not clear if the men will also face prosecution. A recently enacted law on animal cruelty stipulates punishment of up to a year in prison or a fine of up to AED200,000 ($54,500).
The punishment comes a day after Dubai Police made arrests following the posting of a video of the act on social media, which went viral.
The video shows the man holding a cage with a white cat inside and offering it to his dogs.
Dubai Police urged the general public to refrain from posting such violent videos on their social media feeds, and report the matter to authorities instead.
That's not enough. They should have gotten at least a year in prison! People like this don't deserve a second chance.