“We got this baby today. She was kicked and chased by students at Flavius Mareka college and is severely traumatized. We took her to the vet and she has been sedated to calm her down. We are spending time with her to get her to trust us before we home her. She is at least eating.”While animal abuse statistics in this country have long been lamentable, what could be as disconcerting as the act itself was Flavius Mareka’s response to the Facebook post. A laughing emoticon.
“If you can’t teach your students to have respect for life and their surroundings then you have failed miserably! It is absolutely appalling to see how one organization can have such little respect for life, and fail to set a good example for their students by giving a humane, mature response.”As it currently stands, there are 122 complaints on Flavius Mareka’s Facebook timeline.
“Absolutely such a huge disgrace! Meant to be educating the youth and the future leaders of South Africa, but absolutely so inhumane to an innocent animal! Whoever goes to this college you need to say something. How can you be proud to go to a college that respects nothing?”The college has not issued a single statement, explanation or apology for the incident.
“Well done on condoning animal abuse. There is nothing funny about what happened to that poor kitten and the fact that you went out of your way to comment on the post with a laughing face is nothing but juvenile and pathetic.”A representative from Kitten and Cat Rescue approached the college. They asked to speak to the person in charge of handling the matter and were reportedly lied to by the secretary on duty – who stated that the person in question was out of office. The college also reportedly lied in a comment, stating that they had taken the injured animal to the vet. This was untrue, as Kitten and Cat Rescue had taken the animal for treatment themselves.