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[July 06, 2014]
Man questioned by police after online streaming of cat drowning
(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A 29-year-old man in a mountainous area north of Tokyo has been questioned by police on suspicion of animal abuse after drowning a caged cat in a river and streaming it live on the Internet, police officials said Sunday.
The roughly 15-minute video streamed by the villager in Nagano Prefecture prompted a strong response from Web users and the police were tipped off by people who watched it. The man has been questioned on a voluntary basis, they said.
According to his account, the man put the cat in a cage and dipped the cage in a river on the afternoon of June 29. He streamed his act to a video-sharing Internet service using his smartphone.
The cat had been found earlier in the day in an animal trap set up in the yard of his home in the village of Otari. The man said he decided to kill the cat because the animal had ruined fields and food at his home.
As to why he streamed the alleged abuse, the man said, "I wanted to show that there is this way of getting rid" of animals. "I'm deeply sorry for my ill-judged behavior." (c) 2014 Kyodo News
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