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Court: biting head off live mouse 'not a crime'

TT/The Local/dl · 17 Nov 2010, 09:04

Published: 17 Nov 2010 09:04 GMT+01:00

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The district court on the Baltic island of Gotland ruled that the man did indeed kill the mouse, something he was unwilling to admit himself.

However, the court found that the death of the mouse was quick and that the 23-year-old had no intent to cause the creature undue suffering, local media reported on Wednesday.

The charges stemmed from an incident recorded on a mobile phone camera back in April in which the 23-year-old is seen holding the mouse by its tail.

Encouraged by his friends, the man then bit the head off the mouse before spitting the head out in his hand, while blood drips from the rodent’s lifeless body.

The man then stuffed 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.

Prosecutor Anna Beckman said she plans to appeal the verdict to the Svea Court of Appeal.

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Her main witness, veterinarian Torsten Jacobsson, maintains that the man had to struggle and tug with his mouth in order to get the mouse’s head off and that the creature died a terrifying death.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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09:27 November 17, 2010 by misssh
Cats do this all the time

it is not a crime..... they are mice for gods sake!!
09:43 November 17, 2010 by this_aint_sparta

for gods sake mice are human too.
09:49 November 17, 2010 by Luckystrike
Anyone who defends this man is just as sick in the head as he is.
10:08 November 17, 2010 by misssh
um ok...... this_aint_sparta


Quote: species have historically been pests,
10:25 November 17, 2010 by Luckystrike
Quote: humans have historically been pests too
12:30 November 17, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Next week on Swedish justice system:

"Man bit off the head of freshly fished roach (rutilus rutilus)."

"The fish died a painful and inhumane death, it was tortured gy luring it to bite a hook, then dragged on dry land. After this the defendant performed a stunt on camera, whitch was put in you-tube."

"He placed the fishes head inside his mouth and yanked the head off the rest of the fish."

"The defendant then proceeded to gut the sea-creature."

"The court will contemplate how to proceed with the case. It was testified by nearby recidents the roach was not eaten. However, he then caught some abbore and made a very tasty soup."
15:42 November 17, 2010 by foxpur

I am willing to bet Humans are more of a ecological pest than mice - so by that definition 'killing a pest' would makes humans a legitimate target to thave their heads torn off..

Science at it's finest :)
16:13 November 17, 2010 by Tanskalainen
16:27 November 17, 2010 by facetedjewel
For the mouse (and Hewlett-Packard), it was a crime.
16:33 November 17, 2010 by Tennin
I guess we are allowed to kill mice by using mouse traps and the sticky paper. I don't agree with the way he killed the mouse, it's just gross and disgusting that the guy bit the head off a mouse. Hope he doesn't kiss his mom or his girl with that mouth.
17:05 November 17, 2010 by Swedesmith
What a barbarian! Didn't he know a mouse must first be sauteed in butter with a little garlic and paprika before it is even remotely edible?
19:20 November 17, 2010 by rybo1
No matter how one looks at this, biting the head off a mouse is, well, retarded. I'ts simply cruel. This guy would probably love to be a guard at Guantanimo so that he could bite people. What a jerk.
19:30 November 17, 2010 by Tanskalainen
He'll bite the head right off his willy next.
19:42 November 17, 2010 by ilockitdown
that is nasty, its like almost as nasty as the stuff they do on bum fights lol they pay homeless ppl to do gross stuff for like a few bucks
23:01 November 17, 2010 by facetedjewel
Regarding the cooking of Brother Mouse:

http://blog.serialcooking.com/2009/01/23/friday-weird-recipes-series-lets-cook-rat-like-chicken/ Be sure to click on the instructional picture series.

Dave (the wine guy) recommends a light-bodied red to accompany mouse or rat, like a pinot noir.
00:49 November 18, 2010 by mairapma
Ozzy Osbourne once bite off a bat's head and look what happened to him...

(my 1st post on The Local! hello everybody!)
14:52 November 19, 2010 by Twiceshy
Wow everyone is soo clever with their snarky little comments. I hope you harvest the rich rewards of the idiotic mentality you allow.

It doesn't matter what he killed, whether it was a pet or a pest. It matters that

a.) he thrill killed for fun to show off to his friends which shows that hes an insecure moron. Tolerating this BS teaches him that his behavior is OK. So when he escalates this towards humans then you'll all be shocked, even though its a proven step for socio/psychopaths to abuse animals then humans.

b.) he has shown no remorse. Yes it was just a mouse and in the overall scope of things it does not matter. However, his actions are at odds with what general society expects of a person. It is not that he killed that is my issue, it is that he killed for inadequate reasons. By showing no remorse for his actions he demonstrates that he does not think what he did was wrong.

c.) hes a lair. He does not admit to killing the mouse and his lack of admission on his actions reeks of cowardice. If it was no big deal like everyone thinks, then why doesn't he admit to killing the mouse. Hes willing to do it ON CAMERA like a moron to impress his buddies, but in court he denies it? Lying moron..

The gene pool needs chlorine.
15:00 November 19, 2010 by tadchem
As long as exterminators get paid to kill vermin en masse, it would be hypocritical to punish an individual for killing one mouse.
20:40 November 20, 2010 by Njal
Maybe he could tour with Ozzy and bite the heads off of chickens to increase his repetoire of talent.
03:08 November 22, 2010 by Makaveli
And in other news, a man chopped off the head of a chicken in the Southern part of Sweden, near Malmö and is currently facing charges for animal cruelty. He faces up to 2years of jail if convicted. Hey y'all freaking animal people i got a suggestion for y'all - Why don't you all turn vegetarians right now in protest for all the cruel deaths these animals have to go throw before ending up on your lunch plates. This guy killed a freaking mouse --AND SO WHAT! What baffles me is why this is even making news to anyone! Guess when you eat that juicy burger or tasty steak, you hardly stop to think about the cow whose "poor" life was taken so u could have your freaking lunch..This is totally ridiculous news..
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