Humans have been cruel to animals ever since the time of evolution. However, cruelty towards animals has seen a significant rise in the 21st century, a time when we term ourselves to be educated and progressive.
While there are several videos on the internet to drive our point home, today we talk about a particular video highlighting shameful torture towards a lion which will make your blood boil.
The clip going viral on social platforms shows a group of Kurdish men sitting with a lion. However, one of them had a cake on his hand and goes on to smash it into the poor animal’s face. The video becomes hard to watch for any animal lover as the lion jumps up in discomfort and tries to rub the cake of his face. The men continue to rub the cake on its face portraying absolutely disgraceful behavior.
Here is the video:
— Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) June 4, 2019
The video shared on Twitter by Daniel Schneider, spread like wildfire as people raised their voices against the abuse.
Absolutely infuriating! 🤬🤬🤬😡😡😡 that poor baby
— Alyssa Horton (Alvarez) (@lyssamarie2510) June 6, 2019
I’m genuinely embarrassed by my own species
— Sonja Janssens (@sonneschijn1983) June 5, 2019
The animal knows what's happened to him I could feel the humiliation he experienced.
Dreadful thing to do on a defenceless creature I hope they are found and prosecuted.
— Patrick Backstop 🇮🇪🇪🇺🏴🇬🇧 (@PatrickBHenry) June 5, 2019
Why didn't he eat them? It would seem just.
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) June 7, 2019
The absolute disgusting ignorance, and cruelty of man to take advantage of another being’s innocence and vulnerability is the ultimate sign of weakness – these men make be sick. I bet the animals claws were removed as well. If I was there, they’d not be laughing. 👊🏻
— Adam J. Yeend (@AJYeend) June 5, 2019
This makes my heart feel so sad . Why would anyone want to do that ?
— Sophie Porley (@SophiePorley) June 4, 2019
The lion should eaten those lowlifes
— The Urban Birder (@urbanbirder) June 4, 2019
Pathetic bunch of loser human b…. hope they Rot in hell. Sometimes I do wish karma takes the form like our own Nagin movie,watch these a… die a writhing torturous death. https://t.co/9S1qe67qTa
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) June 12, 2019
Makes me sick to my stomach. If the animal attacked them it would be put down. Where is the justice??
— MissD (@MissD_02) June 5, 2019
I cannot comprehend how one can be fortunate enough to be so close to a majestic being like this only to think this behaviour is how to immortalise the moment. Too bsd this beautiful, big cat clearly, and sadly, trusted this group of immature and cowardly creatures. Cowards.
— Sapere_Aude (@Answers_to_None) June 6, 2019
What’s ironic is the fact that the man who banged the cake into the big cat’s face has been identified as Blend Brifkani, head of a local NGO called the Kurdish American Cooperation Organisation. After the massive outrage on social media, Brifkani apologized for what he did to his pet lion, Leo. He mentioned that the lion is nothing but his ‘best friend’ and his actions came out excitement while celebrating Leo’s birthday!
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I have never intentionally intended to abuse Leo, moreover, I would never want to hurt him in any way. The birthday video of me and Leo was pure emotions of overwhelmingness and excitement that I had while celebrating his birthday. He has grown to be my very best friend and I love him beyond words. When I found him in the wilderness, he was alone, small and weak without a mother. If he had gotten into the wrong hands, he wouldn't have made it alive. I provided him a safe home, a good environment, veterinary care and everything needed to sustain the his health until he grew. My plan was never to keep him in captivity, but rather raise him until he was well enough and old enough to be let out into the wild again. I have built my organization on rescuing endangered animals, raising them, providing them with all the care and treatment that they need and then releasing them back into their natural habitat. One of my yearly projects include releasing captivated wild bears into the mountains, where they belong. I admit, it was wrong for throwing a cake in Leo’s face, I have let my emotions of excitement take over and I apologize to those whom I have offended. I’m not an animal abuser, I love animals! I’m constantly working on projects that show how important animals are to me, especially Leo and how much I care for his well-being. I assure you that Leo is safe and will soon return to the wild. Thank you @m.bamerni #cnn #bbc #dailymail #rudaw #lion #animals #animalrights #peta #kurdistan #iraq @dailymail @rudaw @bbc @cnn @babylonfm @peta @rickygervais @lionwhisperersa
Though he insisted that he is not an animal abuser and has been working continuously for the welfare of lions, he should have acted responsibly while celebrating Leo’s birthday. As animal lovers, it was outright painful for us to see the desperate attempts of the animal to remove the cake of its face.
Cruelty towards animals needs to stop and right now.