Warning: Distressing Content
Duncan Bannatyne has offered a £5,000 reward for anyone who can name the ‘piece of sh*t’ who was caught on camera kicking a cat in the head.
A video emerged over the weekend, shared by the Protect All Wildlife Twitter account, showing a man in sportswear, trainers and a baseball cap, encouraging the cat to come over for a stroke before turning to the camera and then kicking the helpless animal away.
Just a little warning, this video is distressing and may be a trigger for some people.
Let's find this oxygen thief!!!! pic.twitter.com/E2V6aN3WYe
— PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE (@Protect_Wldlife) May 25, 2019
Many, including the likes of Ricky Gervais, have shared the video in a bid to find the man responsible for such a cruel act. And now, Dragon’s Den star Bannatyne has taken it one step further by offering to reward anyone who can catch the thug.
I will pay a reward of £5,000 to whoever correctly names this piece of s*it.
— Duncan Bannatyne (@DuncanBannatyne) May 26, 2019
Writing on Twitter, the businessman said:
I will pay a reward of £5,000 to whoever correctly names this piece of sh*t.
Duncan’s generous offer comes after RSPCA England and Wales confirmed they were investigating the incident.
Replying to Protect All Wildlife’s tweet, the organisation said:
Thanks for tagging us – this has been reported and will be looked into. If you have further information regarding this please report to us on 0300 1234 999 – thanks.
Celebrities have joined the people of Twitter in sharing their disgust over the heinous video, with Ricky Gervais writing: ‘I can’t decide the best punishment for this dirty c*nt.’
I can’t decide the best punishment for this dirty cunt. https://t.co/RvFez22ZrL
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 25, 2019
Actress and Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson added:
What an absolute Prick!!!! Sincerely hope him and his little video mate are found and have the same done to them. In fact, I’d happily pay to do it to them myself!
Now, Duncan means well, but if you do know who this person is, report them to the relevant authorities so the matter is handled correctly. That 5k is likely going to encourage people to name someone on the internet – which isn’t known for its ability to approach matters rationally.
Name the wrong person in a public forum and you could be making someone’s life unduly hellish.
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Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.