Fur flies over alleged cat torture video

Abdul Aziz Al-Djlah has 6 million subscribers on YouTube.
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Updated 11 January 2020

Fur flies over alleged cat torture video

  • Critics pounce after ‘disgraceful’ Saudi rapper ‘Dyler’ denies animal cruelty

MAKKAH/JEDDAH: A Saudi rapper has been forced to issue an online denial of animal cruelty after widespread public anger at a video in which he asks: “What happens if you microwave a cat?”

The rapper known as “Dyler,” whose real name is Abdul Aziz Al-Djlah, told his 6 million Instagram followers that he had been wrongly accused of animal torture and had been engaging in “dark humor” when he made the video.
Although the self-proclaimed rapper explained that it was simply an act and that he had never microwaved his kitten, critics were quick to pounce, claiming several videos had appeared on social media of kittens actually being microwaved for 30 seconds “just as Dyler did.”
“It is a horrific crime, he is not a kid. An 18-year-old would know what will happen when you microwave a kitten,” Farah Gonzalez, owner and lone operator of Kitty Tender Love and Care Shelter and Cat Hotel in Jeddah, told Arab News.
“He is giving a bad example to his followers and could go to jail for this. He should be offering a good example, not giving naive kids these ideas,” she added.
Although the rapper’s video was posted online more than nine months ago, it circulated recently on social media, enraging many people and trending under the hashtag #DylerTorturesCat.
Influencers in Jeddah also voiced their anger at the video, with one saying: “He has 6 million subscribers on YouTube. People who are saying it’s no big deal should think again — it is a big deal.”
Um Asma, who rescues homeless cats at her Gus’s Hope shelter, told Arab News: “This YouTuber and anyone who follows his example needs to be fined and punished.”
She urged parents to educate their children about love and mercy toward animals, saying: “I don’t think this is a funny joke. People need to talk more about this so that if anyone even thinks of doing it, they know they will be exposed.”
However, Dyler the rapper denied claims that he was encouraging cruelty.
“The video is almost nine months old, and at that time I was making content every day and didn’t think much of this skit,” he said. “I do admit the idea is wrong, it was dark humor. However, I would never be abusive with my animals. It was a mistake I made.”
Mohammed Mahmoud, a legal adviser to Arab News, described the rapper’s YouTube video as “disgraceful.”
Animal welfare is protected in Saudi Arabia under the GCC Animal Welfare Act, Mahmoud said.
“The act strictly punishes those who violate animal rights, starting with a SR50,000 ($13,327) fine for the first violation and fines of up to SR400,000 if the violation is repeated more than once,” he added.
Mahmoud said that the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture can issue punishments for animal rights violators.


Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
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Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.