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Man charged for biting head off live mouse

TT/The Local · 6 Oct 2010, 07:51

Published: 06 Oct 2010 07:51 GMT+02:00

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“He subjected the mouse to completely unnecessary suffering,” said prosecutor Mats Wihlborg to the Gotlands Tidningar newspaper.

The 41-second film sequence was recorded back in April and shows how the 23-year-old resident of the Baltic island of Gotland holds the mouse by its tail.

Encouraged by his friends, the man then bites the head off the mouse, spits the head out in his hand, and then lets blood drip from the rodent’s lifeless body.

In a final macabre act, the man then stuffs the headless body of the mouse back in his mouth.

“Look, look, the mouse is lying and shaking!” one of the man’s friends can be heard saying in the background.

Police stumbled across the film after confiscating the mobile phone in an unrelated matter and were able to identify the 23-year-old, who had come to their attention on a number of previous occasions.

Veterinarian Peter Markstedt reacted to the film sequence in horror.

“Animal cruelty of this kind, no, I’ve never seen anything like it before,” he told the newspaper.

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The maximum penalty for animal cruelty in Sweden is two years in prison.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:14 October 6, 2010 by bolababu
hehehe, ..behold, the future of Sweden.
09:39 October 6, 2010 by Tdye
the future of the world youth..what a shame
10:03 October 6, 2010 by Viva Melita
Ozzie Ozborne did the same with a hamster but he's a hero.
10:28 October 6, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Viva Melita,

It was a bat, not a hamster.
10:36 October 6, 2010 by Tiddler
Of course, when NATO's armed forces drop bombs on people from 20000 feet then we're supposed to cheer this as an act of patriotism.

But then, aren't Iraqis and Afghanis sub-human? Certainly sub-mouse judging by the social morailty on display here.
10:42 October 6, 2010 by Marko2010S
I am a strong believer that the issue is not just animal cruelty. It is just disgusting, and sadly this young man (And many others) wasn't taught how to be clean. However, the definition of "Personal hygiene" varies from one to another, but for Muslims they all have the same concept/practices.

Alhamdulillah, I'm a Muslim !

I truly see the perfection through my religion (Islam).
11:09 October 6, 2010 by Guest
The maximum penalty for animal cruelty in Sweden is FOUR years in prison not TWO.
12:23 October 6, 2010 by SBerne
I'm sorry but what has this got to with the future of Sweden, or World Youth? Surely this is news because it is unacceptable, freakish, repulsive, barbaric, incomprehensible etc. rather than because it is commonplace, usual, normal, within bounds of "youth culture".

People are individuals, whether they are 20 or 80, Muslim or Christian or Jew or Hindu, Swede or not, Sweden Democrat or not. And as individuals they sometimes make atrocious decisions, and sometimes admirable ones but those decisions don't speak for everyone else in the same arbitrary demographic group as them. It is just absurd logic.
13:05 October 6, 2010 by deblom
@ SBerne

wow you are really wound up tight ...

I am wondering if mouse traps will be outlawed in Sweden. It cant be fun or particularly kind for the little fellows to have their backs snapped in half (if they're lucky) whilst doing no more than fika.

What a load of cods wallop.
13:22 October 6, 2010 by Marko2010S
@SBerne #8

As for the second paragraph of your comment, I think it is partly correct (NOT entirely for sure). People are individuals and they sometimes make atrocious decisions.

BUT, you are pretending by ignoring some obvious facts such as the background of those individuals. The background of those individuals plays a major and crucial role in shaping and control their lives and behaviors.
13:34 October 6, 2010 by Viva Melita

Oh, that is ok then.
14:16 October 6, 2010 by SBerne
Sorry, maybe I have missed it somewhere, but what is it that we know about their backgrounds? And even if we did know something about their backgrounds how would that make this case generalisable to the future of Sweden, or World Youth?

I'm not denying that background influences individuals. What I'm denying is that one case can be generalised to everyone who happens to be in the same demographic. Or that background affects everyone in the same way.
14:27 October 6, 2010 by PoJo
I agree with SBerne. His argument seems logical to me. I am not Swedish and I do not know anything about these people's background. Although I find their act disgusting and intolerable, I cannot say from now on that all young Swedish people behave the same. In my opinion, this was just a troubled young guy. I am sure that there are plenty of them everywhere.

I don't really support generalizing.
15:09 October 6, 2010 by Audrian
He might have done to make his friends laugh, but its implication in terms of public health might be serious. What he did could have introduced new and unknown diseases to human population.
15:13 October 6, 2010 by bolababu
..wasn't generalizing at all, Swedish youths are especially spoiled and mostly idle, this is the result of that and believe me, this isn't the most disgusting thing i have seen young people do here, take a walk in a busy swedish town on weekend nights.

Unless you are a member of SD, you'd understand that when i refer to Swedish youths, i refer to youth irrespective of origin.
15:31 October 6, 2010 by travels
Pathetic. Cruel, selfish people that do this kind of thing for the fun of it and find this something to laugh about. Totally lacking of any form of compassion for a being that was a totally innocent entity without even any comprehension of human attitudes and just living its natural animal life. People that are capable of doing this are a danger not only to animals but also humans, a person incapable of empathy and respect for others. I really hope there is such a thing as karma.
17:06 October 6, 2010 by Swedesmith
Wonder what he could do with a gerbil?
17:25 October 6, 2010 by zircon
This sort of thing can do Sweden a lot of psychological damage.
17:34 October 6, 2010 by mjennin2
ehmm....omg. O_o
17:58 October 6, 2010 by persepeikko
Raah raah...

You kno the joke:

New carpets are being installed in a house. The workers are about to leave, but the resident notices a small hump in one corner.

"It´s allright" says the carpet-man and takes out the sledge-hammer. Couple of hits and the carpet looks fine.

Then Ulle-Birjet walks in and asks: "Where´s my guinea pig?"
18:04 October 6, 2010 by SBerne
@bolababu: "Swedish youths are especially spoiled and mostly idle" is a generalisation unless you have observed ALL youths resident in Sweden (how are we defining youth here anyway?) and using some pre-determined measure concluded that they are spoiled and, in proportion greater than 50% (given that you said mostly), idle.

When you refer to "Swedish Youth" I assume you are referring to those who self-identify as both Swedish and Youth, but thanks for the clarification. And I'm not a member of SD.

There is a diversity of personality, choice, value, religion etc. in the "youth" living in Sweden, just as there is in any other age group.
18:27 October 6, 2010 by persepeikko
As long as that buffoon didn´t torture the poor rodent, what the hell, eat as many as you like. Quick death for Mickey an down the hatch :)
18:39 October 6, 2010 by splendidsun
god dammit....
18:51 October 6, 2010 by reason
I guess it would depend on how he treated the mouse before biting its head off.

Killing a mouse is generally not considered animal cruelty. Feeding mice to snakes is not considered animal cruelty. As long as long as the mouse's head is bitten off swiftly and cleanly I don't see a problem with it from an animal cruelty standpoint. Still a disgusting thing to do of course, but criminal?
19:12 October 6, 2010 by persepeikko

But did he eat it? You don´t kill animals for fun...but umm... yes you do.

Anyway, the court should present this young man a dish of freshly killed rodents. If this young man is willing to chew and swallow these as food, let him be aqquitted.
19:29 October 6, 2010 by Tanskalainen
It's probably a Ruotsalainen delicacy.
19:32 October 6, 2010 by persepeikko
Rat-eaters...them Ruotsalaiset.
23:19 October 6, 2010 by Tiddler
Of course, the media, the politicians and the mega corporates are cheerleaders for dropping bombs on Iraqis, Pakistanis and Aghanis from 20000 feet, and the herd merrily sings along in approval.

So, one must deduce that the above people are not only sub-human, they are actually sub-mouse, according to our first world enlightened civilised values, eller hur?
04:15 October 7, 2010 by Sam1
First of all its absolutely disgusting, second this man should not be punished but sent into psychological care.

Second i see more torture being done on animals and long term suffering more than this story. It was a direct death, but animals Pork Beef etc, birds, are threated like rubbish and YOU GUYS EAT THEM!!! They get beaten and abused too...

They get slaughtered too!!!

and Mr @Marko2010S wana be swedish mulsim...Markus,, magnus sounds better haha..

You say thank God you are muslim and proud of it, you are not proud of the ISLAM SLAUGHTERING around the world and the bombing, and raping young girl??

arent you proud of Iraq and Islam divided into 72 sects all killing each other and even other religions??

Arent you also proud that now islam is linked with terrorism?? How they stone women, and whip people and cut off hands?? where is the mercy?? when they marry 11 years old in Yemen?? and the extremisn in Relgion that Turned the ppl of Saudi to homosexuality that it became so commen that guys write love letter to each other!!!

Islam is expired with all due respect...and when once upon the time medicine get expired it KILLS!!!

if it was to do benefit it wouldnt be hated umong all others they wouldnt kill each other like that...and dont mind me say a fruitful tree brings fruit, and a barren tree brings nothing and its better to burn and use for heat...and I see islam brings no Good to humanity no more...Maybe once upon the time it did but not in this ERA!!!
11:59 October 7, 2010 by Marko2010S
@Sam1 #29

You sound like a brain injury victim. Anyway, simply I'll answer you in one statement which is enough to shut you up: "Islam is perfect, people are not, Islam is not people".

Clear? you bloody-muppet?

Obviously, Mindless-elements like you are unable to understand the meaning of "pride". So, stop wasting your time pretending that you do.
13:44 October 7, 2010 by glamshek

The reason of a background of an individual is very important but in this context it has been used in an ironical way.

It should be opposite because this makes a news here in Sweden but its not even a news in a Muslim country. Its news because they are concious about it.

In the Muslim countries we see so much infighting among humans, let alone animals. Aren't these the Muslims who do not even spare the dead bodies of their enemies. Is it not against the normal Islamic teachings? Is 'nt their background very peaceful but their outlook very different to what is being taught. How would you repond firstly to background question and then where is this barbarism normally found in action?
00:38 October 8, 2010 by Glennie
Lets not be critical until we taste a mouse. peckerwood
01:48 October 8, 2010 by Sam1
The book the Boook and unable to understand the meaning???

What a lame excuse!!

When those majority of muslims cannot understand the meaning that what is the use of it?? and its so vague meaning that cannot be understood ???

It a medicine is not working on the body because the body is immuned to it??

what is the use of this medicine?? and specially if its expired okay once upon the time it did some benefits but now, the people dont digest it any more...

Will this uncomprehendible book bring the dead of those families who died in bombings?? specially the killers claim that they have right to kill non muslims and they got this right from the book...

Islam has always been to me since i was a baby!!! and didnt not know what is discrimination it was to me like a barberic religion killing revenge and an eye for an eye, intolerence of others, hate ot other religions, and DISRESPECT TO THEIR WOMEN..I have always seen my muslim friends disrespecting their mom and sister even if she is an elder sister they treat her like a goat ..

They kill her if they suspect something and get a prison sentence of 6 months!!!

they do what they want and its okay because they are men...ISLAM to me should be stopped and placed in museums like some history object since it works no more and people who believe in it screw up and not understand it so they need something new.
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