The images shocked the whole world. Last February, the British media The sun revealed a video of soccer player Kurt Zouma in which he hit his cat multiple times. Complaints, petitions, severance of partnerships… Sanctions quickly rained down on the French player. His club, West Ham United, also imposed a large withholding from his wages. But if Zouma has since fallen into line, the animals have not been forgotten. West Ham just announced that the claimed money has been donated to animal protection organizations. A nice touch from the club.
“West Ham United are pleased to confirm that financial donations have been made to a number of charities”the London club said in a press release. In total, the London club donated 250,000 pounds (about 300,000 euros) to nine charities that fight against animal cruelty. The amount corresponds to that of the fine imposed on the 27-year-old French defender, as recalled 20 minutes†
These donations, which act as a kind of “damage and interest”, will be used to help organizations (listed here) that have a presence in the UK, as well as abroad. Part of the money will go to a structure that evacuates animals in Ukraine, reports 20 minutes†
Several complaints filed against the player
After the outcry over the broadcast of the video in which Zouma abuses his cat, the French international also lost his sponsorship contract with the Adidas brand. But that’s not all, the player will have to answer to the court. After the images were released, several associations, including the SPA and the 30 Million Friends Foundation, filed a complaint against the defender of the French team and also asked for him to be suspended.
In addition, the RSPCA (the English SPA) had immediately decided to withdraw the two Bengal cats from Kurt Zouma. She then decided to initiate legal proceedings against the player and his brother, Yoan Zouma, who are suspected of having filmed the abuse scene. The two young men should therefore be prosecuted for violation of the animal welfare law.
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