Japan is known for all things cute and quirky, and also for being a country that places courtesy above all; therefore, it came as quite a surprise when Japanese media recently reported the deaths of several cats at the hands of a serial cat killer.
兇手平田雄一郎 （Yuichiro Hirata）是一名49歲的日本男性，此前曾被指控使用氣槍殺死數十隻貓咪，他在週四(7月15日)坦誠罪行，並承認自己是許多類似案件的幕後黑手。
Yuichiro Hirata, a 49-year-old Japanese man who has previously been accused of killing over a dozen cats with an air gun, came forward admitting to many other cases on July 15.
Hirata, a part-time employee, told the police, “I have killed approximately 100 cats.”
In the latest allegations, the police have accused Hirata of shooting a cat in the leg in a Yachiyo City parking lot last November, which reportedly broke the cat’s leg.
“I felt like I had conquered a vulnerable cat,” Hirata stated.
Last December, Hirata was arrested for killing another cat with his air gun at a housing complex also in Yachiyo City.
He was suspected of violating the Animal Protection Law and the Swords and Firearms Control Law. He later admitted to these allegations.
News of the serial cat killer finally being brought to justice is not enough to appease social media users, however, and many are bent on seeing Hirata receiving some sort of retribution.
A Facebook user was so mad that he thought Hirata “needs to be put down.”
“Needs to be out of society. Incarceration, mental evaluation, lifelong treatment, therapy, and continuous monitoring of his whereabouts at all times,” commented another social media user.
Although Hirata has finally admitted to his crime, that will not bring back the lives of more than a hundred innocent cats. His acts of brutality are unforgivable, but we can only hope that justice is served so that these cats may rest in peace.