PETA ups reward for ID of man who kicked squirrel into Grand Canyon

Washington - The animal rights group PETA has increased its reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man filmed kicking a squirrel into the Grand Canyon.

In addition to the $15 000 bounty it offered last month, PETA on Wednesday added a free vacation to the Grand Canyon, including air fare and lodging for two, in its bid to identify the culprit seen in a video that went viral on YouTube.

It showed the man luring a squirrel with food to the edge of what appeared to be the Canyon's South Rim, and then with a flick of his foot, flinging the animal into the abyss.

The Grand Canyon is 1 600m deep and up to 29km wide.

In the video, the man is shirtless, wearing black shorts and a straw hat. A witness who videotaped the scene said the man was speaking in French. A second man with a camera, in the background of the video, is wearing boxer shorts.

PETA said it and its European affiliates were sweetening the reward in hopes of reaching "visitors returning from overseas who may have missed the story, or are just now hearing about someone's trip to the US."

"Someone out there may know who sadistically sent this trusting squirrel plunging to his or her death, and PETA is calling on that individual to come forward now - before anyone else gets hurt," said PETA director Martin Mersereau.

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Gina Swart 2014/09/03 09:20:13 PM
I hope there is a special place in hell for this b@stard!!
coswecanfly 2014/09/03 09:33:24 PM
"Before anyone else gets hurt"? Really? Bunch of nutter tree huggers.
graphanex2008 2014/09/03 10:14:32 PM
Pity he didnt slip over the cliff while kicking the warm blooded creature he sent to its death.
Vongani Gesther Khosa 2014/09/03 11:26:18 PM
you want to punish a man over a squirrel? Really now, PETA is playing God, the reward money can be used for a good course elsewhere='
Raymond Butler 2014/09/04 12:26:37 AM
Well yes his comment was maybe in poor taste but if you remove all feelings from the fact then yes that money could feed hungry children.... I mean weather you kick a squirrel off a cliff or find sadistic pleasure of listening to a mosquito geting electrocuted by a bug zapper or hunting a lion for sport, killing animals is part of human nature and its a part of our lives.
Stephanie Sutherland 2014/09/04 12:52:13 AM
I don't know what shocks me more about some of the comments. That people in Africa have such little value for life, even that of an animal who belongs there. I can fully understand why animals such as Rhino, Elephant and Lions will go extinct in Africa, from the attitudes of some of the commentators. Since when does human life take president over that of the real owner of this planet? Since when is it okay to exploit, and torture animals for fun, just because you think its your right. Well it is not anyone's right to behave that way to animals. I don't like PETA because they are all sorts of crazy as bat$hite, but on this I agreed. Name, prosecute him, and make sure the world knows what a piece of crap he is for picking on a tiny squirrel because his manhood demanded he show off..... And please do not allow hem to ever own or look after any animals, he is unfit to do so....
Lebogang Champion Hlahla 2014/09/04 04:42:20 AM
US journalists are being be headed and nobody is paying up. A squirrel gets kicked of the grand canyon and a reward is paid up....Americans,,,, ull never understand them.
John Greystoke 2014/09/04 06:35:20 AM
People feed wild animals, making them tame and their fear for humans go away, this makes them easy targets for abuse. Don't feed wild animals, they are not pets!
Francois Vermeulen 2014/09/04 06:50:29 AM
He should be going of the edge! The squirrels life was more meaningful than his.Also these Treehugger comments sure Im one and I hunt as well = a conservationist u pricks!
Allal G'nius Passer 2014/09/04 06:54:25 AM
People are crying for a squirrel, come on, we kill animals everyday why this so special waisting your time, animals are animals