FUKUOKA -- A man who posted photos of a cat he mutilated on an Internet chat
site and incurred the wrath of pet lovers was handed a suspended prison term on
Judge Atsushi Tomita of the Fukuoka District Court harshly criticized
27-year-old Jun Matsubara for his evil deed when handing down the six-month
sentence suspended for three years.
"By showing this cruel act on an Internet site, he shocked many people,"
Matsubara, from Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, severed an ear and the tail of a
cat with scissors and strangled the animal with a wire at an apartment in
Fukuoka where he lived on May 6 and 7.
Under the title, "Live broadcast of a cat slaughter," he posted the images of
the mutilated cat and reported what he would severe next on the web site.
Judge Tomita found his act vicious because it "could trigger copycat
The Fukuoka District Public Prosecutors Office received more than 3,000
letters from across the nation by the end of August demanding severe
When indicting Matsubara, prosecutors demanded he be sentenced to six months
Pet lover Motoko Hori came all the way from Hyogo Prefecture to hear the
ruling in Fukuoka.
"In France, a person who only hit a dog would probably be imprisoned," Hori
said. "I think new legal procedures (more severely punishing animal abusers) are
After his cruel act came to light in May, the address of Matsubara's parents
in Hiroshima was released on the Internet.
The parents received many harassing calls late in the night and slanderous
bills were distributed in the area. (Mainichi Shimbun, Oct. 21, 2002)