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£10,000 reward to find the man who kicked a squirrel into the Grand Canyon

6th August 2014

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A disturbing YouTube video of a man kicking a squirrel into the Grand Canyon went viral earlier this week – and now animal rights charity PETA is offering a cash reward for anyone who can identify the man responsible.

PETA UK, alongside the French and US arms of the charity, has put up a reward of £10,000 for anyone who can provide information ”leading to the arrest and conviction of the callous individual who kicked a squirrel off the edge of a cliff into the Grand Canyon in the US state of Arizona.”

PETA UK spokesperson Ben Williamson says: "It is imperative that any community faced with a sadistic and violent act such as this take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice.”

He also adds that if the culprit is not found his behaviour could easily lead on to more serious crimes: “Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whomever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again."

The man, believed to be French, was caught on camera luring a squirrel to the edge of the Grand Canyon with food before kicking it off. The resulting YouTube video (below) caused worldwide outrage when it came to light earlier this week.

The Grand Canyon authorities are also now investigating the incident.

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