Susanna Ceccardi, an MEP from the Italian League party, was the first to denounce this monstrosity by broadcasting the video on social networks. “The shock of a lady, her desperate cries to try and stop a migrant busy roasting a poor kitten in front of everyone. How did we become this cruel?” she complained.
“Is this the new ‘way of life’ that we must follow? Is this the reception system for the Tuscany Region? […] PS: It’s an almost unreal scene because of its monstrosity, it’s hard to watch, but it’s important to know the truth,” said the MEP.
++ 🔴 SCONVILGENTE ALLA STAZIONE DI CAMPIGLIA MARITTIMA (LI) ++
Lo shock di una signora, le sue urla disperate per cercare di fermare un immigrato che arrostisce un povero gattino davanti a tutti.
Ma come si può arrivare a tanta crudeltà?
— Susanna Ceccardi (@SusannaCeccardi) June 30, 2020
The story was reported by the newspaper La Nazione, and relayed by the conservative daily Il Giornale, which detailed the horror of locals who were at Campiglia Marittima station at around 7 am on Tuesday.
The migrant started a barbecue with four wooden planks. A woman immediately approached him to film this abomination: “I’m going to have you arrested, cats aren’t food,” she said.
And the migrant replied: “I have no money.” The woman’s cries drew the attention of everyone present who immediately alerted the police. “You have money, I see you have cigarettes. You have money for it,” countered the woman.
The migrant ignored her and continued his barbecue. “Shame on you, disgusting…” shouted the woman to the African who did not seem intimidated in the least. After checking the facts, the police took the man to the police station. A complaint for animal abuse and cruelty has been filed.
It is quite common in the Ivory Coast and the south of Ghana to eat cats. Nobel laureate VS Naipaul describes how cats are killed and eaten in his book The Masque of Africa. Naipaul noted that “the best way of killing a cat or kitten” in the Ivory Coast, is to place the kitten in a sack. The sack is then placed in boiling water.
Killing and eating companion animals, stray or otherwise, is commonplace in Africa. In the north of Ghana dogs are called “red goat” meat.