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Fury over beating of horse with a stick

WARNING: footage may upset some viewers

Anger is growing after video footage has emerged of a man striking a horse on the forehead with a stick, causing it to collapse.

The horse collapsed when struck, and appeared to be struggling to regain its footing.

The horse collapsed when struck, and appeared to struggle to regain its footing.

The perpetrator is seen to be laughing following the incident, as the horse appears to struggle to regain its feet.

The footage is believed to be of two Saudi men, according to reports. At the time of writing, nearly 500,000 people had viewed the footage on YouTube.

The animal was tied to a power pole when the incident occurred.

The reaction in Saudi Arabia has been swift, with efforts under way to identify those responsible.

The footage has been circulated widely online, with many Saudis demanding that those responsible be brought to justice.

Emir Abdelaziz Ben Saad Ben Jouli, a horse breeder in the Al-Ahsa region in the country’s east, is among those seeking the arrest of the men.

“I’ve put my telephone number on Twitter, asking people who have any information about these individuals to come forward so that the police can arrest them,” he was reported as saying on The Observers website.

“I was appalled when I saw the video. I can’t understand how anyone can treat a horse – or any other animal – with such cruelty.

“I have already contacted a lawyer in order to launch legal proceedings against these people. All I want is for them to be sent to prison so that they understand the gravity of their actions and, above all, serve as a warning for others,” he said.

“This act is even more incomprehensible given that the horse, especially the pure-bred Arabian, is a very respected and pampered animal here.”

Arabian horses played a major role in the unification of Saudi Arabia, he said. King Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s first monarch, and his men criss-crossed the country on the back of Arabian horse as they fought to unite the country at the start of the 20th century.

Twitter users have created the hashtag #محاسبة_معذبي_الحصان (“punishment for the horse’s torturers”).

The reaction on Twitter has been fierce.

“Humans without humanity,” tweeted @RazanAlDayel.

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  1. Deb McQueen says:

    I want to know, how is the horse?? Did that poor baby live or saved???plz let me know ,I’m beyond furious about this and would b glad to help find these two!!

  2. catherine ritlaw says:

    off with their heads

  3. Chris Vaughn says:

    JUSTICE FOR THIS POOR HORSE BEST BE SERVED FOR THESE TWO PERPS BY NEITHER OF THEM SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY!!!!!! Please keep us informed of their arrest.

  4. Donna says:

    The Poster’s name on You Tube is
    Bilal Karsifi maybe he should be contacted.

  5. Charlene Vanness says:

    Sick individuals whom rejoice in the pain of an innocent healthy animal. Saudi Arabia, demand justice. AM certain, your prince, whom loves horses will find this extremely unacceptable. Shame on you brutas.

  6. Elaine Brown says:

    God Dam these bastards to Hell.

  7. Sweden says:

    UPDATE please!! How is the horse?

  8. Tudor says:

    Sign the Petition and demand justice for the horse: http://www.yousign.org/en/saudi-horse

  9. dk says:

    People that can do this to an animal can graduate to do this to people. That’s just another reason why there needs to be stiff punishment for animal abuse.

  10. vickie says:

    have these pieces of shit been detained yet, have they suffered yet, what happened to the horse?
    i want answers now, if this had been a dog or a horse hurting the “men”, i use that very loosely, there would be uproar, and animals being put down. People very often say, “oh, they were acting like animals”, animals DONT ACT LIKE THAT. WHAT A “MAN”, STRIKING A TETHERED HORSE. how fucking brave of him. give him 1 minute with me.

  11. Ro says:

    This woman needs to be shot for the good of all humanity……………she must not be allowed to pro create!!!!

  12. Lana says:

    WHO TOOK THE VIDEO & PICTURES??? YOU DID NOTHING TO STOP THIS HORRIFIC ASSAULT ON AN ANIMAL!!

    WHO IN THEIR RIGHT ******* MIND DOES THIS TO A BLIND FOLDED HORSE….SICK SON OF A BITCH!

    YOUR LIFE NEEDS TO BE ENDED! NOW!

  13. AMAURI says:

    ESTES MALDITOS, TEM QUE PAGAR COM SUAS VIDAS …

  14. CC says:

    OH HELL NO!! Someone, laughing BTW, tie those MFr’s up and hit them in the heat….Me first….and I won’t be laughing….

  15. Nick Varna says:

    This society is backward, a society that practice clitdotrmy and drowning females, I don’t expect high morality from backward Middle Eastern hicks, they appear to be cruel and they’re our allies and I wonder what an Imam would say about this, may be he can issue a fatva. They probably beat their wives and children, I hate these cruel people.

  16. Alotaibi says:

    This is a new update from the owner of the horse on 17 Feb 2014:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9f-triUo7c

    Saying: “This is the horse from the previous video which was 3 months ago, and the horse is doing well, the horse was aggressive back then so i did it as a part of training, and if anyone has an aggressive horse just send it to me *Sarcasm* ”

    His respond made the saudi people so mad about his sarcasm, the saudi local newspapers and social networks trying so hard to identify him, and there is no update from the police about the arrest until now.

  17. kylie thomas says:

    i wish to know how the poor horse is bloody mongrels would like to do the same too them scumbags

  18. Janette Dalbeith says:

    Someone says this happened three months ago ! So does that excuse this wicked cruel unessary sick act?
    I don’t think so he had the horse tied up to deliberately beat it sick thing he is

  19. CATHY says:

    THIS IS WHY IT IS SO EASY TO HATE PEOPLE, I DON’T CARE WHERE THEY ARE FROM….PEOPLE.

  20. Sandra Quinto De la Cruz says:

    Justicia para el maledeto infeliz, cobarde y abusivo….y para el bastardo que s sua compañante que celebra el hecho, una sancion ejemplar que sirva de precendet contra todos los maltratadores de animales.

  21. uranie light says:

    Can’t find the petition. Will comment under the video.

  22. Luis Rojas says:

    repudio esto, ya da verguenza ser un ser humano, es triste ver que exista gente … no estos no son personas , son vomitos de la naturaleza que son capaces de maltratar a un hermano… espero esta gente no quede impune ante este acto de crueldad y porque no decir cuidado con estos vomitos de la naturaleza maltratadores y asesinos ¡SON UN PELIGRO PARA TODOS…CUIDAADOOO!!!!!!.

  23. Brian says:

    I am shocked by this video. These guys are not normal, as most people would want to pet the horse, and would never think of hurting it, much less knocking it out, then laughing over it. The poor horse’s neck was probably also strained as it fell at a very awkward angle once it got knocked out. He should have to experience what he did to the horse before he goes to jail, but having his head roped to a pole, about 4 feet off the ground, then having someone stand right in front of him and hit him in the head (this being done until it actually knocks him out), and see how he likes having his head held up by that rope while the rest of him falls to the ground. I really really hope they find him and incarcerate him.

  24. Antares says:

    BURN IN HELL!

  25. berrybear57 says:

    camel jockeys beware, Canadians do not treat animals this way. Come here and let me beat you on the head with a stick and hope fully knock you into next week.

  26. Gebbetje says:

    What should Allah say about this cruelty to an innocent creature.

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