In Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, photos of young men abusing an opossum by forcing it to drink beer, kissing it and then throwing it into a trash can has caused outrage on social media. An investigation is currently underway by Bloomsburg University and the Pennsylvania Game Commission after the photos emerged over the weekend.
Snapchat photos, posted by at least one student attending Bloomsburg University, showed the group pouring beer down the throat of the animal, but then tossing the animal into a garbage can. A statement on Facebook by the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania commented on the disturbing situation. As per the sequence of the posted photos, two young men picked the frightened possum up by the back of the neck, doused it in beer, kissed it and then threw it in the trash:
“We are aware of the photos posted to social media showing animal cruelty. One of the individuals pictured is a BU student and therefore subject to the university’s processes pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct. We take this matter very seriously, and the Dean of Students Office has already begun at investigation.”
According to WnepNews, one of the young men involved is a student at the university. When the photos hit the Internet on Monday, they quickly went viral, and it didn’t take long before students expressed their disgust regarding the apparent animal cruelty depicted in the video. Charges from the Pennsylvania Game Commission could range from animal abuse, illegal possession of wildlife or disturbance/harassment of wildlife.
The animal’s location and condition is currently unreported
There has been no shortage of students speaking out against the heinous display of cruelty on the university’s Facebook page:
“These pieces of sh** better be charged with something serious. This is beyond disgusting so please share and get their names out there. They want to post stuff like this, then let’s make them famous.”
“Do not waste your time applying to school…this is what they do there…torture animals…AND…neither the school or police do anything about it. This is so disgusting…what is wrong with you people that you would allow this and that you also support it through your inaction. SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“Bloomsburg University “a great place to be”??? Not if you’re a defenseless opossum. Please find out what happened to that poor animal and take whatever measures might be necessary to ensure it remains safe and well. Then censure every single one of those students who abused the opossum– including those who stood idly by and did not stop it. As people have been noting on this thread– it is now well-established that people who abuse animals often go on to abuse other humans. Do something proactive and of benefit here!”
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