In a disturbing video circulating online today, several men are seen violently torturing a reticulated python at Boon Lay Place Market.
According to animal protection organization ACRES, the video was sent to them via the hotline by a “concerned member of public” yesterday.
The men had used crates to continuously hit the snake which later seemed to be writhing in pain.
One of the men later carried the snake to an area next to a market stall and used a cleaver to chop off its head.
What is most disturbing about the video is that throughout the incident, there were people cheering and encouraging the violent behavior.
“ACRES is shocked and disturbed by the celebratory tone and all the cheering in inflicting suffering and death to a voiceless protected native species, with no indication of calling someone for help,” the post read.
It is understood that ACRES have submitted all relevant information to NParks who is now investigating the incident.
The reticulated python is native to South and Southeast Asia and is one of the heaviest and longest snakes in the world. Like all pythons, they are non-venomous.
“It is alarming that despite many educational efforts, violence towards the voiceless still lurks in our society. Such incidents involving killing/hurting snakes have been happening repeatedly, and we hope that this case will result in prosecuting the individuals involved, serving a severe deterrence for the future of our animals in the community – whether a cute cuddly animal or a scaly reptile that many of us may be fearful of,” ACRES said.
You can do your part by reporting or contacting ACRES if you have any information on the incident on their 24-hour hotline 9783 7782 or email email@example.com.
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