Response to Kurt Zouma cat abuse has been pitiful; West Ham must give him the boot - Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Natalie Tambini, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), London.

Allowing Kurt Zouma to continue to play for and otherwise represent West Ham United is a stain on the club’s reputation and sends the worrying message to football fans and the public that it does not take animal abuse seriously.

Fining the multi-millionaire a fortnight’s salary is a pitiful response by the club to the acts of extreme cruelty caught on camera.

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By slapping, kicking and hurling objects at his cat – in front of an impressionable child, no less – Zouma has proved himself to be a bully and animal abuser. Many people look up to footballers as role models and heroes and, clearly, he is neither of those.

Kurt Zouma. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

Those who find twisted pleasure in cruelty to animals are often serial offenders.

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It’s a relief Zouma’s cats have been rescued so they can be cared for by someone capable of showing them the kindness and empathy that he clearly lacks, but an apology and a fine are not enough.

Zouma must face the full consequences of his appalling actions in the courtroom – which, importantly, should include a lifetime ban on keeping animals.

In the meantime, West Ham bosses must give him the boot.

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