Boy squishes stingrays with his feet, boasts 'kill count' of 11
The National Parks Board (NParks) is investigating a case involving a boy who was seen stepping on two stingrays in a video circulating online.
In response to a Stomp query, Ms Jessica Kwok, Group Director of the Animal & Veterinary Service at NParks, said it takes all feedback received from the public on animal cruelty seriously and will look into the cases reported.
Ms Kwok said in a statement on Monday (June 13): "We were concerned when alerted to the alleged case of animal cruelty on June 7 and are investigating the reported case.
"Safeguarding animal welfare is a shared social responsibility. While AVS continues to ensure that the necessary enforcement action is taken and raise awareness on animal welfare, members of the public can play a part by promptly reporting suspected cases of animal cruelty to AVS.
"If members of the public have information relating to this case, please contact us via our website at www.avs.gov.sg/feedback or call us via our Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600."
The 11-second video posted on Instagram on June 7 shows the boy, who is clad in slippers, stepping on the stingrays with one under each foot. He can also be seen moving the stingrays with his feet.
A voice in the background is heard saying, "What the f*** you doing?" while another says, "What the f*** is that? You let go leh."
Someone also asks, "What the f*** you doing? Why you stepping on stingrays ah?"
It is unclear when or where the profanity-laden video was taken.
The video has drawn flak from netizens, who slammed the boy.
One user commented, "Let's see if people step on his head see pain or not."
Several also identified the boy's social media account and noted how he has a "kill count" for motoro stingrays.
A netizen said, "Wow his ig account even has a motoro kill count to mock people angry at him. Sounds like the kid needs to learn."