West Ham footballer Kurt Zouma apologizes after shocking video shows him kicking a cat
A footballer has apologized after a video emerged of him kicking and slapping his cat.
Kurt Zouma, who plays for West Ham United, admitted it was an ‘isolated incident’ and he would never harm the animal again.
In the heartbreaking footage, which was shared by The Sun last night (February 7), the French footballer can be seen flying his cat around the kitchen before slapping it.
In a statement to Sky News, the 27-year-old, who is an ambassador for a French animal charity, said: “I want to apologize for my actions. There is no excuse for my behavior. , which I sincerely regret.
“I also want to say how sorry I am to everyone who was upset by the video. I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.
“They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behavior was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”
Zouma’s club also issued a statement saying the matter was “handled internally”.
A club spokesman said: “West Ham United unreservedly condemns the actions of our player, Kurt Zouma, in the video that has been circulated.
“We have spoken to Kurt and will address the issue internally, but would like to make it clear that we do not condone animal cruelty in any way.”
And the RSPCA also told the outlet: “This is a very upsetting video. It is never okay to kick, hit or slap an animal, as punishment or otherwise.
“We are very grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us and would like to reassure people that we will always review and, if necessary, investigate any animal welfare complaints brought to us.”
Footage of the player injuring the cat began circulating on Twitter late last night (February 7) and since the clip was released people have been calling for action to be taken.
“Kurt Zouma must be prosecuted. No one should be allowed to get away with such despicable behavior! Apologies are not enough,” one said.
However, according to reports, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they will not be investigating the video.
According to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, owners have a responsibility to ensure their animal is “protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease”.
Under the DAS Act, the most serious offenses could see someone fined £20,000 and sentenced to 51 weeks in prison.
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