In a country where the horse is king, the following video has caused a real scandal. Two men were filmed violently striking a horse’s forehead and laughing. The horse, which is tied to a post, collapses on its front legs and groans. It appears to struggle to get back up.
The video has widely circulated online, prompting many Saudis to call for the men to be brought to justice.
WARNING: this video may shock viewers.
The video was posted on YouTube on February 15. Judging by their accents, the two men are Saudis.
Shocked internet users have created the hashtag #محاسبة_معذبي_الحصان ("punishment for the horse’s torturers").
“It’s even more shocking given the horse is a very respected and pampered animal here”
The Emir Abdelaziz Ben Saad Ben Jouli is a horse breeder in the Al-Ahsa region in the country’s east.
I’ve put my telephone number on Twitter, asking people who have any information about these individuals to come forward so that the police can arrest them. I was appalled when I saw the video. I can’t understand how anyone can treat a horse – or any other animal – with such cruelty.I have already contacted a lawyer in order to launch legal proceedings against these people. All I want is for them to be sent to prison so that they understand the gravity of their actions and, above all, serve as a warning for others.This act is even more incomprehensible given that the horse, especially the pure-bred Arabian, is a very respected and pampered animal here. This animal played a major role in the unification of Saudi Arabia [King Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s first monach, and his men criss-crossed the country on the back of this type of horse as they fought to unite the country at the beginning of the 20th century].
Several recent acts of animal cruelty have sparked emotional outcries on the Internet. At the beginning of February, a man who was filmed throwing a cat against a wall in France was sentenced to prison for a year following a campaign by animal rights campaigners. A few days later, a young giraffe was put down and fed to lions in Denmark after zoo authorities said it was unsuitable for breeding. This decision was widely condemned by Internet users around the world, and a petition to close the zoo gathered more than 131,000 signatures.