A story out of China draws outrage from animal activists.
Cats and other animals are being killed for some weird sexual thrill by sick internet psychotics who are turned on by images of such cruelty.
Cyber sadists have figured out a way to profit from cruelty to small creatures, and animal rights activists say it’s high time China enacts tough laws to stamp out such abuse.
Several Websites have cropped up recently offering videos and still photos of dogs, cats, rabbits and toads being stomped to death by a sexy woman wearing stockings and high heels.
These images are usually linked with more typical sadomasochistic fare consisting of a female in stiletto heels tramping on the chest of a man.
A Shanghai Daily investigation turned up several such sites, offering “Gts,” which stands for “great women, small men” and “Crush” products.
Animal “snuff” videos were posted on these sites for sale at 15 yuan (US$1.87) each. There were bulletin boards for fetish fans, who could even join a group called the International Crushing Association.
At least one of the sites was reportedly registered in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.
Several disturbing videos were offered for free. It was impossible to tell where they were made, and while Shanghai Daily could not confirm that animals were actually being killed in the videos, the content appeared to be authentic.
In one, a scantily clad woman with Chinese features posed with a small kitten along a riverbank, at first gently caressing the animal’s fur. She then began stomping on the kitten with her high-heeled shoes, crushing its body and head and leaving it in a lifeless, bloody heap. One Website, www.crushworld.net, was shut down after a Chinese newspaper contacted it to complain, and animal lovers left numerous angry messages on some of the other Crush sites.
At least one of the sellers, however, was unrepentant. Cyber sadists have figured out a way to profit from cruelty to small creatures, and animal rights activists say it’s high time China enacts tough laws to stamp out such abuse. “These movies are not nasty; I don’t think they’re illegal,” a man surnamed Han who markets the videos online told the Shanghai Morning Post.
Han said he offers dozens of different videos and has sold hundreds of discs to people from all over the country since he started the business two years ago.
“All the videos I sell show beauties dressed in sexy clothes crushing a small animal to death,” he said. “They are selling very well.”
Zhang Haiyin, director of the Shanghai Mental Consultation Center, said the people who buy these products are disturbed individuals who may take pleasure in seeing another living creature suffer because they can’t achieve their own life goals.
The kind of people who find this level of cruelty in any way appealing or stimulating should all be put in a small room with large predators in my opinion. Let one of these “small men” find himself in a room with a Bengal Tiger and we’ll see if he still finds animal cruelty appealing.
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