The man who shared a disturbing ‘meme’ of a cat being held at the neck, with a knife to its head, has released an apology.
This after the Cape of Good Hope SPCA started investigating a case of animal cruelty on Wednesday. In a statement, the animal organisation said that it was also investigating possible contraventions of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 involving the post. “The image above was posted by a Mr Jayden Faans and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA seeks his whereabouts for questioning,” it said in its statement.
Jayden Faans, the man who posted the original image, says he took the picture on June 20th “just for a meme”. In his latest post, he explains that it “was a stupid joke”. He posted images of him gently holding the cat saying “…as you can see the cat is not hurt, perfectly fine and healthy”.
During its probe, the SPCA appealed to the public for any information on the whereabouts of Faans.
SPCA spokesperson, Belinda Abraham says they “appeal to everyone to please be responsible with the content that you generate”. Words on social media hold great influence and weight Abraham elaborates.
“Never use your platform to endorse animal cruelty or any act of unkindness,” urges Abraham.
If residents notice any acts of animal abuse, they can make an anonymous report to the SPCA. It assures it will never the name of a complainant. Call 021 700 4158 or 021 700 4159 or 083 326 1604 (after-hours emergencies).
Concerned residents can also fill in a web form on the SPCA website.