Teenagers brutally beat duck with baseball bat in ‘horrific’ Snapchat footage
A vile video circulating on Snapchat is the latest example of animal cruelty finding a home on social media.
The “horrific” clip, which is believed to have been recorded in York, shows two teenagers abusing a duck, Examiner Live reports.
In the appalling video the pair can be seen grabbing hold of the defenceless bird and while one throws it into the air his partner takes a vicious swing at it with a baseball bat.
The video then cuts to one of the teenagers smashing the duck’s head with the bat and is captioned with the phrase: “Ducks life matter” [sic].
RSPCA inspector Thomas Hutton said it is believed the attack "could have taken place in or around York" and was first reported in July this year.
He has now appealed to the public for further information.
Mr Hutton said: “This is an extremely distressing video which shows two teenagers carrying out an awful act of violence against a poor, defenceless duck."
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He added: “The video of the attack was then posted on social media platform Snapchat which is popular with children and young teenagers and it is particularly troubling that they could easily have witnessed this act of brutality through their phones.
“If anyone has any information about this we would urge them to contact us in strictest confidence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA's inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
A similar sick clip, showing savage cruelty to a harmless kitten, emerged around this time last year.
The RSPCA launched a manhunt in West Midlands after the viral Snapchat video showing a helpless cat being slapped and thrown by a laughing assailant.
In another notorious case, a kitten was held down and forced to "smoke" a cigarette on video before having its head forced into a glass jar.
Reports of animal cruelty filmed and shared on Snapchat rose by 340% in 2016 and 2017, according to most recent RSPCA figures.
“It's as shocking as it is disturbing and what's really saddening is that this abuse is mostly being committed by children,” an RSPCA researcher told Sky News.
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