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Instagram videos of dying cat allegedly fed alcohol prompt online furor, police investigation

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

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Malang, East Java   /   Sat, October 19, 2019   /  03:13 pm
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Activists display a poster during a protest outside the Environment and Forestry Ministry in August 2016.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Images of a dying cat allegedly being force-fed an alcoholic drink that made the rounds of social media recently have created a furor among netizens, prompting police to investigate the case. The series of photos and videos were uploaded onto the Instagram account of a university student and resident of Tulungagung, East Java, identified as Ahmad Azzam with the handle @azzam_cancel, on Wednesday. The videos showed the dying Persian cat weakly wriggling while being force-fed several times with what was believed to be an alcoholic drink from Bekonang, Sukoharjo, Central Java, known as ciu Bekonang. According to some references, the alcohol content of ciu ranges from 25 to 70 percent. Accompanying the graphic videos were captions that only added fuel to the public condemnation, such as: "50% ciu bekonang has entered its blood. Destroying half of its brain's nervous system....