On Tuesday April 3, Zulia FC, a Venezuelan football club announced that it would be firing two of its players after footage of them torturing a cat appeared on their Instagram accounts.
David Barreto and Eduin Quero, two 20 year old players in the premier division, have had their contracts terminated by the club after torturing the cat. Zulia's press release said the following:
[They were] permanently dismissed for violating the club's rules through actions that go against the values of this institution.
In a series of photos published by the two players, you can see David Barreto holding the cat, pulling harshly on various parts of the feline's body, before launching it from a window. Once on the ground, the cat can be seen in visible pain.
Eduin Quero filmed the incident, posting screenshot on the internet. Interrogated on these recent events, the footballer attempted to defend himself saying: "Football is my life. We all deserve the right to a second chance".
ASODEPA, a Venezuelan animal right's organisation, has denounced the act as "cruel". As of then, the two players have deleted their Instagram accounts, or have at the very least had their access blocked.
They have also suggested Barreto and Quero be sent to a psychologist to be properly evaluated, despite them no longer being part of the club.