Former West Ham player Kurt Zouma has been charged with three offenses under animal welfare law after a video emerged in February showing him kicking his cat. On Tuesday, May 24, he pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. His brother Toan was also charged and pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting his brother to commit an offence. Piers Morgan expressed his thoughts on the events on his TalkTV Uncensored show and described the punishments as “pathetically ineffective”.
Beginning the program with his “brain dump” segment, where he expressed his views on the outcome of the day.
Piers slammed: ‘Well there have been a few more sickening videos this year than the one showing Premier League soccer star Kurt Zouma kicking and slapping his pet cat in the kitchen as he sneered’ I swear I will kill him.
“We got to see this video because his brother filmed it all and said he thought it was really funny, posting it on Snapchat with laughing emojis.
Well, today justice had the final say on whiny little cowards as Zouma pleaded guilty to causing pain to a protected animal.
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“His equally vile brother has admitted aiding and abetting him. Zouma was only fined £250,000 by his club West Ham United.
“Which, given he earns £6million a year, is a pathetically ineffective slap on the wrist and hardly goes unnoticed.
“If Zouma had done this to a woman he would never play professional football again, why should he get away with doing this to a helpless cat?”
During their day in court, prosecutor Hazel Stevens said he could be heard saying, “I swear I’ll kill him, I swear I’ll kill him.”
The two cats who were injured were pictured happy and healthy as the RSPCA seeks to rehome them.
Video released by the RSPCA shows Bonbon and Cherie happily playing and wandering around their temporary home with members of staff.
After the incident and the seizure of the cats, an independent veterinarian assessed their physical condition and said there were “no signs of injury to the cats when he examined them.
“In my opinion, the force of kicking a cat’s abdomen and slapping the cat on the head, both of which were violent as seen in the video recording, would undoubtedly have in my spirit caused soft tissue trauma, pain and discomfort to the cat (or cats) on the same day, but it is highly unlikely that any evidence of this soft tissue trauma would have been found three days later.
“I have no doubt that Kurt Zouma knew or should have known that kicking a cat in its abdomen would cause or was likely to cause pain, discomfort and distress or worse injury.
“I am of the opinion that there can be no justified reason to treat a cat or cats in this way.”
After the incident, Zouma was fined £250,000 by his club and lost “substantial” sponsorship deals with Adidas.
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