Sick Zouma copycat craze: ‘Kick the Cat Club’ thugs film themselves kicking felines in horrific imitation of footballer
- Kurt Zouma was filmed slapping and kicking cat in kitchen of home last month
- French defender was condemned by his club, RSPCA and animal welfare groups
- The horrific Snapchat video has now led to a rise in copycat attacks, though
- Group calling themselves ‘Kick the Cat Club’ circulating horrific footage online
The Frenchman was condemned by his club, the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups after the video emerged, before he was forced to issue a grovelling apology.
However, the incident has now led to a rise in copycat attacks by an online group calling themselves ‘Kick the Cat Club’.
The group film their attacks before circulating the disgusting footage onto the internet.
Dawn Stacey, 49, says she is now having to pay £2,000 in vet bills after her cat Murphy suffered a haemorrhage after becoming victim of an attack last week.
She told The Sun: ‘I heard Murphy trying to get through the cat flap. I came outside to help and had the shock of my life. The right side of his face looked like a helmet full of blood.
‘I cannot believe someone would do that to an innocent animal.’
Police are investigating the attacks, while animal charities have slammed the heinous attacks.
Zouma was filmed kicking and slapping his pet cat just in a Snapchat video at his London home last month
West Ham Kurt Zouma pictured during a match against Newcastle United at The London Stadium earlier this month
Zouma’s cats were taken away by the RSPCA after the footage emerged.
West Ham fined him two weeks’ wages, understood to be around£250,000, which the club said would be donated to animal welfare charities.
Zouma also lost his Adidas sponsorship deal as a result of the controversy.
The 27-year-old’s brother Yoan has been told he can no longer play for his club, Dagenham, until the RSPCA has completed its probe.
It comes as an animal charity warned social media giants are profiting from cruel videos of people harming pets.
The charity said some videos can be amusing and harmless, but others show ‘very real pet abuse’.
It cited TikTok hosting thousands of videos of users putting sellotape on a cat’s feet to film their distressed reaction, donning masks to film a petrified response or forcing ears into tight headbands.