While Saudi Arabia is hunting down the authors of an amateur video which showed them poaching endangered animals on a nature reserve, in the western city of Tepic, Mexico, local dog lovers have come out to protest a video of extreme cruelty to animals which a group of teenagers posted on Facebook.

Antonio Tello runs the blog Nayarit en Linea, where he posted the video.

A 17-year-old posted photos and a video of him and two friends using pit-bulls to extensively torture a street dog before leaving it for dead. [By posting the images] the heartless boys are clearly showing that they are well aware that there is no legal protection for living beings.

On Tuesday, around 300 people met, many of them with their pet dogs, in the park in front of the government palace to protest the video. A state representative came out to say that the criminals would be 'made an example of'. The local attorney general is now looking into the case. But animal cruelty is not yet a criminal offence in the state of Nayarit."

Meanwhile in United States, the Supreme Court has just brought an end to an animal-cruelty law which made it illegal to sell videos of animal torture, claiming that it went against the constitutional right to free speech.

The video that sparked the outrage

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Tuesday’s protest against the abuse

Photo: Antonio Tello.