I read this last night and my blood started boiling. It makes me madder and madder every time that I think about it so I had to get this off my chest. Anyone who knows me is aware of how much I love animals. Just ask Shiggers how I feel about my “kitten” (aka my 15 year old cat Max), who is probably the most spoiled and adored creature on earth.
So here’s the scenario: Colombian clubs Deportivo Pereira and Atletico Junior are playing. Junior’s mascot is an owl and they believe when it flies over the stadium the team will win…
Well, unfortunately, during this particular game, the owl landed the field and was almost immediately hit by the ball. The play had moved on, but Deportivo Pereira defender Luis Moreno walked back across the field and looked at the injured owl, who had spread its wings out. He contemplated the owl for a minute and then he kicked it. Yeah, you heard me, THE F***ING ARSEHOLE KICKED AN OWL. A LIVING CREATURE AND ONE THAT WAS INJURED ALREADY. WTF?! SERIOUSLY! I AM SO ANGRY THAT I AM CAPSLOCKING. ::breathe, Lozil, breathe::
Can you f***ing believe that shit?! The rest of the blogosphere shares my rage as you can see here, here and here. Seriously, what kind of dick do you have to be to kick an injured creature?! His excuses? He didn’t know it was their mascot and that it was a lapse of reason in “the heat of the moment, besides, I don’t think it was that hard of a hit. I was just trying to get him off the pitch.” Oh, okay, that totally excuses your behavior, dude. Grrrrrrrr! In addition to facing sanctions from the football association, the police have opened an animal cruelty case against him and he could face up to 45 days in jail. I hope he gets the absolute maximum sentence from everyone. Hey, Luis, I hope from here on in you’re treated with the same compassion and thought that you gave that poor little owl.
In somewhat better news, the owl is stable although it sustained a fractured leg. It should make a full recovery. I did read a comment on another blog that said it had died, but all the news reports have the owl listed as stable so I am keeping my fingers crossed. And Junior beat Deportivo Pereira 2-1.
So two fingers up to you, Luis Moreno. You are a complete douchebag.
UPDATE: I found a reputable news report that someone translated for me. Apparently the little owl has died from a surge in lactic acid due to the stress of the kick and being handled. Jesus Christ. I mean, damn it. I’m getting all weepy here. Moreno better watch his ass. Colombians don’t play. Do you remember what happened to Andres Escobar when he scored an own goal in the 1994 World Cup? People feel very strongly about animal cruelty.