Six Chinese activists have gone on trial for allegedly abducting a group of suspected animal torturers and force-feeding them cat excrement.
The vigilante campaigners went on trial earlier this week in Shanghai accused of luring their two victims – who they suspected were behind a series of gruesome online videos showing the torture or cats and dogs – into a forest.
Once there, the six activists reportedly set upon their victims, two men named only as Liu and Yi, the Guardian reported Friday.
One vigilante, a woman named only as Xu, allegedly hurled a cocktail of cat litter and cat excrement onto one of the men.
Another attacker, called Cao, used scissors to shear off a victim’s hair.
“Both Liu and Yi suffered bruises all over the body,” the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.
Midway through the assault, one of the assailants reportedly realized that Liu and Yi were not, in fact, animal torturers, the Global Times newspaper reported.
Yet the rest of the gang was undeterred. They stuffed both victims’ mouths with animal feces.
The activists are accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, a crime that carries a potential jail sentence of up to five years.
However, the Shanghai Daily said the victims had already “forgiven” four of their attackers after receiving cash compensation payments.
Xu, the cat litter thrower, told the court she regretted her crime.
“I feel guilty about the attack,” she said.
“As an animal rights activist, I should protect not only animals but also human beings.”
A verdict is expected next week.
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