A video has gone viral of an unidentified boy violently flinging a cat out of a 22nd story window in Singapore. The video is incredibly disturbing, and has caused understandable outrage. The cat that was thrown was a beloved neighborhood cat named Panther, and local people and animal rights supporters all around the world want justice for Panther.
Sign now to encourage local authorities to take action that actually prevents animal abuse: get this boy counseling and support so that he does not harm any more animals in the future!
Many online are calling for harsh punishments for the boy, who is a minor. Some are even advocating for enforcement of the Animals and Birds Act 1965. Under Section 42 of this act, a person found guilty of committing an act of animal cruelty can face up to 18 months in jail. But putting children in jail doesn't protect animals. What does protect animals is therapy and counseling, where people who harm them can have access to the help they clearly need.
Throwing a minor behind bars has the potential to destroy their life, and there is no evidence that it will reduce the likelihood that they abuse more animals in the future. But by getting this child access to the treatment and counseling that they clearly need, we can protect other animals from this type of harm.
We must encourage Singapore authorities to use the most effective means of reducing harm to animals, and jail time for a child isn't it. Sign the petition to tell local authorities: justice for Panther means mandated counseling for this child!