A Greek restaurant faces 10 years in prison for throwing a KITTEN into the sea
A Greek restaurant faces 10 years in prison for throwing a KITTEN into the sea after luring it with a piece of fish
- The incident happened at a restaurant on the Greek island of Euboea on Sunday
- Video showed the man luring the cat to the edge of a terrace outside
- He then used the side of his foot to drift the kitten off the shore and into the sea
- Under Greece’s cruelty laws, the man faces 10 years in prison and a €50,000 fine
A Greek faces 10 years in prison for throwing a kitten into the sea after luring it to the edge of a restaurant terrace with a piece of fish.
The restaurant was filmed playing with two cats, before using the side of his foot to knock one of them over the edge and into the water.
Footage of the kick has sparked outrage in Greece and abroad, with many calling on the country’s government to take action.
The incident happened on the Greek island of Euboea on Sunday, with a government minister announcing on Monday afternoon that a man had been arrested.
Under Greece’s animal cruelty laws, if charged and convicted of animal abuse, the man faces up to 10 years in prison and could be fined up to 50 €000 (£42,000).
Pictured: Clip from a video in which a man was shown kicking a kitten into the sea at a Greek restaurant on Sunday. Officials said a man was arrested over the incident
The video, shot under a table and through a number of blue chair legs, opens with the man using the piece of fish to lure the cat to the edge of the terrace.
As a woman is heard laughing in the background, the kitten seems reluctant to get too close to the edge and is shown raising her paw towards the fish.
However, the man is able to coax the black and white kitten closer to him as a second, larger cat appears, attracted by the prospect of food.
The second cat quickly backs up through the table legs away from the edge, but the first continues to move closer to where the man is trying to direct it.
The man is then seen trying to use one of his feet to bring the car closer to the chute, and the cat takes a few steps forward towards the fish in his hand.
Just then, the man uses the side of his foot to kick the cat off the deck and into the sea as laughter can be heard in the background.
Pictured: The man was shown in the video trying to lure the cat to the edge of the wooden deck overlooking the sea. A second cat was also seen tempted by the fish, but knew not to don’t get too close to the edge
The second cat comes back from under the tables and looks confused as to where the kitten has gone.
The man is then shown trying to lure the second cat over the edge as well, but he drops the fish over the edge. The black and white cat senses trouble, escapes from the edge of the bridge and runs back under the chairs.
Local reports said the two cats belonged to the owner of the restaurant, who told reporters the cat survived being kicked in the water. He was reportedly rescued from the sea and taken to a nearby vet.
The owner said he would help police find the man who kicked the kitten.
The cat was initially hesitant to approach too close to the edge, but was too tempted by the fish. Once the cat was on the edge of the terrace, the man used the side of his foot to kick the cat into the sea
Pictured: A capture from the video showing where the cat was thrown into the sea
Greek Citizen Protection Minister, or Police Minister, Takis Theodorikakos wrote on Facebook that a man had been arrested.
“A short time ago Greek police arrested a person who kicked and threw a kitten into the sea,” he wrote on Monday.
“Violence against animals is unacceptable. The government passed a strict law to protect animals from abuse which is now in place, but in any case it is a matter of humanity and culture.
“I am deeply saddened by those who abuse animals and those who tolerate it. I warmly congratulate those who raised the issue. The reason now belongs to Greek justice,” the minister added.
In recent years, Greece has tightened its animal protection laws, which means that if convicted of animal cruelty, the man could face up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of 50. 000 €.