Two Teen Girls Arrested After Posting Video of Themselves Torturing Tortoise
by Lisa Fogarty
Two teenage girls from Florida have been arrested for allegedly torturing and killing a rare tortoise -- while capturing the act on video and posting it to Facebook.
Jennifer Emoke Green, 18, and her 15-year-old accomplice reportedly filmed themselves setting fire to a gopher tortoise and then crushing it to death. Their disgusting actions and words while committing this terrible act are, thankfully, being taken very seriously.
Someone who viewed the two videos reported the girls to police. In one video, the teens could be seen kicking the small animal, pouring a flammable liquid on it, and setting the poor creature on fire. They could be heard laughing as the tortoise tried to escape the flames and one girl said, "Burn baby, burn baby. Now you're scared of us, huh?"
The second video reportedly shows one of the girls stomping on the tortoise's shell until it broke, killing the animal.
The teens have been charged with felony cruelty to animals -- which is a third-degree felony -- and taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.
What would make young girls do something so horrible to a living creature? The fact that they could think so little of a life -- that they lacked empathy in such a horrific way -- is nothing short of frightening. It's a good thing these girls were caught NOW and will face consequences for their actions before they grow up and possibly do something even worse.
What do you feel should happen to these teens for torturing this animal?
Should their age be a factor?