Animal advocates allege animal abuse in ‘cat vs scorpion’ video

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Animal advocates have taken exception to a YouTube video showing cats being attacked by a large scorpion; calling the potential deadly encounter animal abuse. A police complaint was filed in Bankok on Friday against Nate Bartling, who goes under the title of “My Mate Nate.” Bartling is a former Mormon missionary who rose in fame in Thailand for his tasteless “prank videos.” His online presence had been scarce after a video showing the cruel torture of a fish which made him one of the most disliked characters on social media. And then he’s back!

According to SinarOnline,  Nutch Prasopsin, the administrator of “Toon Hua Khong Bao,” a popular website (Kingdom of Tigers) with animal lovers, (especially cats) filed the complaint alleging animal abuse for exposing the cats to a venomous scorpion. Police official, Lt-Colonel Kampol Ratanaprateep agrees the video was an act of animal cruelty, even though Bartling has argued the scorpion was not poisonous; a medical specialist stated the venom could kill a cat.

On her website and Facebook page, Nutch called on animal lovers to show their force against acts of cruelty against animals. The controversial YouTube video “Cat vs scorpion: Who will win?”, was posted three days ago and has garnered over a million views. Most of the comments condemned his actions with Nutch posting an open letter to him stating:

“As a person who loves cats, I cannot tolerate or accept uncouth acts involving animals in these clips. I want you to take full responsibility as the owner of guardian of the cat(s) that you have used or may use in your clips.”

Bartling has lived in Thailand for three years, claiming he “never went to university. I only finished high school. It’s hard to believe his fame of “prank videos” that make fun and humiliate other people are so famous. If found guilty of animal cruelty, Bartling faces a maximum fine of $1,100 or up to two years in prison.

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(Photo via screenshot Thai PBS)


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16 replies
    • linda says:

      This scorpion is most likely not poisonous. It never used it’s tail to attack, however, my concern is a nit wit that would see this and take a poisonous one to harm an animal

      • ellen cottone says:

        that sounds horrable. But i dont think so i actally looked him up . i thought he was a middle aged guy. hes just a 19yr old. and a compleat jerk. but not a real murderer.
        just an indiot who dosnt have to worry about money and far away from his parents as he can be.
        on the loose and out of control. He wasnt beat up enought in kindergarden. and he was raised mormon. So like amish kids he needs to get away for a while, get the crap beat out of him then hell settle down to being morman again. But as for now, hes all moran.

  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Throw the book at this jerk. He deserves the maximum punishment possible for this cruelty.

    My cat is my precious, precious, precious baby and I am offended at this video on behalf of all cat lovers (& animal lovers)……

    This is NOT funny or acceptable in ANY way…..

  2. ellen cottone says:

    well who will win?
    fat ass or animal rights activists who stood up for the cat?
    Time to add to the stink,
    From Americans with love

  3. ellen cottone says:

    and to think this little piss is in thiland representing America. I hope the world knows the differance between Americans and the crazy annexed utah , where we keep our richest and our craziest.
    Which explains why he is on the loose there.
    He litterally is on the loose and a pain in everybodys ass. From animal abuse, video himself ass slapping of young girls to asking young polite thiland male students if they are “on their period”.
    Lets take bets as to when the day will come. When someone finally had enough and kicks his ass. Im sure it will be on you tube. under,
    Finally!! or Nate earns his fate

  4. J. Martin says:

    Stupid stunned bastard!!! Thinks he’s funny? I’d love to shove a fist down his throat and watch his choke to death!!!!

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    And this idiot was a missionary??????? To even put an animal in such a situation is inhumane – Nate Bartling needs to stay in Thailand – he sure isn’t wanted here – if he thinks this is ‘funny’ then maybe seeing his sick butt sitting in a Thai prison for awhile would prove hilarious.

  6. yvonne Polk says:

    some one sure make ASS HOLE sleep with Dam Scorpion. and Mean the one’s that will Kill Him. Nate Bartling needs to BURN IN HELL.

  7. Diana Rowell says:

    Take this sub-human maggot and throw his sadistic, worthless ass in a concrete pit with thousands of hungry poisonous scorpions. Leave him there to die. Eye for an eye, heartless monster. Period!


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