Man held over abusing ferret, posting video on Internet
The Yomiuri Shimbun
A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of abusing a ferret and posting a video footage of the abuse on an Internet message board, police said.
According to the police, Shinichi Moriyama abused the ferret he kept as a pet at his home in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, by beating it on the head and choking it in early February.
Moriyama was quoted by the police as saying, "[Abusing the ferret was] my outlet for everyday stress."
Moriyama, a company employee, is believed to have posted the video footage of the abuse on the Internet message board 2channel on March 3. The police received several hundred calls and letters demanding an investigation.
Other images of animals being abused also have been were placed on the Internet. In May 2002, the Fukuoka prefectural police sent papers to prosecutors on an unemployed man who posted an image on the Internet of him cutting off the ears and tail of a cat, on suspicion of violating the Animal Protection Law.
In December, the Saitama District Public Prosecutors Office arrested a man suspected of killing a cat in his bathroom and posting the image of the dead body on the Internet, on the same charge. (Apr. 12, 2007)