A video of a young woman apparently throwing live puppies into a river has sparked outrage across the Internet. Several tweets were noted from Sri Lankan netizens also expressing outrage at the visuals.
And now it has also led to an animal rights group offering a bounty for the arrest of the people behind it.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has offered a reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of the people behind what it calls a “heinous act” of cruelty.
“Animal abusers are cowards,” PETA Manager Martin Mersereau said in a news release announcing the $2,000 reward, reported by CNN. “They take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them.”
In the video, a girl in a red hooded sweatshirt is seen throwing at least six puppies into a fast-moving river.
PETA says that it has been able to track down the owner of the Bosnian YouTube account that originally uploaded the video and they ‘currently have six possible leads, but the identity of the girl has yet to be confirmed.’ It says that it is possible that the footage was shot by the Vrbas River in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The girl appears to be speaking Croatian according to reports, while repeatedly picking live puppies from a bucket and throwing them into the water. It’s not clear what eventually happened to them.
The video was originally posted on YouTube but was pulled out soon after, it has since appeared on a large number of other sites such as LiveLeak.com and has gone viral recording millions of views.