Cruel Story of the Week: Microwaved Hamster

This is extremely disturbing:

A teenager who microwaved his brother’s hamster has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for four months, the RSPCA said.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for

legal reasons, was also banned at Kettering Youth Court from keeping

animals for four years, the animal welfare charity added.

It said

the one-year-old female golden hamster had to be put down after

suffering severe burns. One of its feet was burnt through to the bone.

The

boy, from the Corby area of Northamptonshire, threatened to microwave

his brother’s hamster before he placed it in the cooker in March last

year.

Torturing small animals is apparently a major indicator of a psychiatric disorder, so a degree of sympathy should be felt for the guilty teenager. Having said that, microwaving a hamster is particularly cruel, so a few months in a youth offenders institution is probably a good thing.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.