Recently, an Instagram live video of a 22-year-old man ‘poking’ a dog has gone viral. In the video, the dog can be heard shrieking in pain while the man ‘poked’ it with what seems to be a broomstick.
The man said, “Hello, pig!” in the video while laughing along with his friend who witnessed the incident, not forgetting to add that the dog was also chewing on his slippers.
He went on to ask his viewers advice to ‘samak (cleanse)’ his slippers that were chewed on by the dog.
Although the video did not show how badly the dog was hurt form the man’s actions, it appears to have died later on.
After the man filmed himself cleaning his slippers, the video was cut to the dog, which was found dead by the side of a road. It remains unknown if the dog had died from the man’s ‘poking’ or from other causes.
The videos quickly attracted opposing views from netizens in both defense and against the man. One netizen stressed that the video does not show that the dog was killed because of the man’s actions, and stood by his use of a broomstick against the dog.
Other netizens criticised the man’s justification of his videos.
Meanwhile, netizens contacted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s youth chief Syed Saddiq, urging him to take action regarding the incident.
He added that no one should mistreat animals, and everyone should treat them with love and care.
Following the backlash, the man issued an ‘apology’ on his Instagram account for the ‘misunderstanding’ of his actions.
In his video, he claimed that the motive behind the videos of the dog was to ‘entertain’ his friends, and he never expected them to go viral.
Although the man has taken down the video from Instagram, it has been re-uploaded onto Facebook, watch it below. Viewer discretion is advised.
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