ANIMAL welfare activists have raised an alarm over a video showing a man torturing a cat in his living room.
The clip follows the man as he throws plastic water bottles at the animal and later tries to flush it out from behind the sofa with a curtain rod.
The fate of the cat, which keeps running around the room and trying to hide, is unknown as the video ends showing it fleeing to the bathroom.
The video, which is four minutes and 37 seconds long, went viral on social media and sparked outrage among animal welfare activists and a call for action.
The Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) later revealed that a Bahraini man was arrested and transferred to the Samaheej Police Station within two hours of the video going online.
He was referred to the Public Prosecution, the police confirmed though there was no word on the person who filmed the whole sordid episode.
“This is a despicable act by a grown-up man who should know better about treating animals,” said BSPCA president Mahmood Faraj.
“As soon as I saw the video I called the police in co-ordination with Muharraq Municipal Council chairman Mohammed Al Sinan and the police managed to identify him within two hours,” he told the GDN.
“I hope that this was a one-off incident but I am worried that it might lead to copycat acts.
“However, we are on alert for similar incidents.”
Mr Al Sinan said what the man did was “gruesome and heartless”.
“He has lost all mercy in his heart and it is shameful that others are filming him and laughing.
“Prophet Mohammed says in Hadeeth ‘a woman went to hell because she tortured a cat’ but even hell is not enough for this man who can’t even be described as a human being; he is truly a monster.
“I felt the pain with every beating and bashing he gave the cat and I heard its painful meows.”
He said the community had to beware of such acts. “We in the council, the BSPCA and the police are on standby to take action against such acts.”
In May 2015, the Lower Criminal Court jailed two men for two months each for burning a caged cat.
The graphic video of the grisly act emerged online in March of that year, showing a frightened cat trapped inside a rusty cage moments before it was torched.
The 39-second video was shared on the BSPCA’s Facebook page and members pledged a cash reward of more than BD1,000 to anyone who provided information leading to the arrest of the culprits.
One of the defendants admitted to prosecutors that he had doused the cat in petrol and set it alight in “revenge” for it attacking his birds.