Three teenage boys from Denmark, aged 16, 17, and 17, have been accused of killing a swan after pelting the animal with rocks during a school trip to Lake Garda in Italy.
“It was very violent and happened in front of a lot of people. So we want to make an example,” stated police officer Frnacesco Milardo in the town of Peschiera del Garda, reports the Local.
According to the police report, the boys had been walking along the lake when a swan hissed at them and puffed out its chest. With witnesses present and outraged, the boys threw stones at the swan and didn’t stop, even when the animal ran away and tried to hide in the tall grasses. The swan died as a result of its injuries.
A youth court in Venice has been informed of the incident, and it is expected Italian authorities will be in touch with the teens even though they have returned to Denmark. Animal cruelty convictions in Italy can result in prison sentences ranging for four months to two years, however it is unlikely the teens will receive such a strict sentence. More than likely, they will face fines.
Such examples of animal cruelty by teenagers send shivers up all of our spines.
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