Abuse for fun

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Muna Al-Fuzai muna@kuwait­times.net

Two shame­ful in­ci­dents in­volv­ing an­i­mal abuse and vi­o­lence against peo­ple oc­curred in Kuwait last week. Both crimes re­flect ug­li­ness and cru­elty that should not be taken le­niently. The first in­ci­dent oc­curred when a for­mer MP wanted to ex­press hap­pi­ness over the re­sults of the elec­tions in Kuwait. He slaugh­tered camels and sheep and broad­casted it on so­cial me­dia, claim­ing that the creepy videos were ded­i­cated to the Kuwaiti peo­ple.

I don’t un­der­stand the con­nec­tion be­tween this purely in­sane act and the Kuwaiti peo­ple. The views in­di­cate that ev­ery­one in­clud­ing chil­dren and teenagers watched this video, and prob­a­bly think that it is OK to abuse an­i­mals for fun. To me this is mur­der and not en­ter­tain­ment.

An­other in­ci­dent oc­curred when a Kuwaiti jus­ti­fied his ac­tions as fun af­ter he ran his car over a Bangladeshi man to en­ter­tain his friend rid­ing with him. The vic­tim was wait­ing for a bus when he was hit. He was in­jured with frac­tures in his pelvis and right leg. The ac­cused said he only wanted to in­tim­i­date the man for fun and not kill him.

The vic­tim saw the car com­ing out of nowhere and froze. So ba­si­cally, the ac­cused wanted to have fun at the cost of some­one’s life, as he had noth­ing bet­ter to do with his own. He found plea­sure in scar­ing the vic­tim, whose mis­for­tune led him in the path of this abuser. The crim­i­nal is in po­lice cus­tody, and hope­fully no wasta will set him free.

The re­port did not men­tion de­tails about the of­fender’s age. I hope to see his pic­ture pub­lished, be­cause his hobby of tar­get­ing ex­pats for fun can cost them their lives. These ex­pats have come to Kuwait to work and are al­ready liv­ing un­der poor con­di­tions. Re­gret­tably, the of­fender showed no guilt and claimed that his great­est de­sire was to have fun. Fun can­not be achieved by hurt­ing in­no­cent peo­ple.

In the West, vi­o­lence is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with al­co­hol and drugs, but these in­ci­dents that oc­cur in broad day­light in Kuwait show no signs of be­ing in­flu­enced by drugs or al­co­hol. Both the sus­pects were con­scious of their crimes, and happy and proud of what they did. The an­i­mal abuser even doc­u­mented his ter­ri­ble crime, in which he was cov­ered with the an­i­mals’ blood.

Both cru­elty to­wards an­i­mals and hu­mans have com­mon char­ac­ter­is­tics. Their main aim is to hurt the liv­ing, or worse kill them. Sev­eral stud­ies on vi­o­lence con­firm that such crimes are per­pet­u­ated by peo­ple who were sub­jected to vi­o­lence at a young age, but this is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for their crimes. I be­lieve the so­ci­ety bears great re­spon­si­bil­ity in op­pos­ing vi­o­lence against women, chil­dren and an­i­mals, and should not try to val­i­date it for any rea­son.

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