LONDON (AP) – On Wednesday, West Ham defender Kurt Zume was banned from keeping cats for five years and ordered to perform 180 hours of community service as punishment for beating and beating his domestic cat in a mockery filmed on video.
The French international received a verdict in the Thames Magistrates’ Court after he pleaded guilty last week to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Footage of the abuse, which took place on February 6 and appeared on social networks, shows a football player kicking his Bengal cat in his kitchen before throwing a pair of shoes and slapping her head.
Zuma’s younger brother, John, filmed the incident with the cat and posted it on Snapchat.
At a 15-minute hearing, Joan Zuma was ordered to hold 140 hours of community service on Wednesday. He is also a footballer, and in February was disqualified by the fifth-tier team of Dagenham.
West Ham fined Zuma two weeks’ salary – the maximum possible amount – when the incident was clarified, but manager David Moyes continued to select a defender to play when he was fit. Zouma has also lost its sponsorship deal with Adidas.
Following the incident, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took care of two domestic cats, Kurt Zuma.
The RSPCA has prosecuted the brothers, although it has no authority to charge people.
British law allows organizations such as the RSPCA to use professional lawyers to bring private prosecutions against individuals, and such cases are heard in court and sometimes accepted by public prosecutors.
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