On the 20th of June 2023, aspiring comedian Jayden Faans created a meme for laughs. It wasn’t funny, it involved him holding his cat tightly by the neck and holding a knife to it in a threatening pose.
When the Cape of Good Hope SPCA was alerted to the post late on the evening of the 20th of June 2023, we knew we had to act. We called on animal lovers everywhere to unite and help us find this individual who was only known to us by name.
With our sincerest thanks to everyone for their assistance, we were finally able to obtain his residential address information on the 22nd of June 2023.
Inspector Theo Arendolf responded and found Mr Faans at his place of residence in Stellenbosch in the afternoon of the 22nd of June 2023.
The Cat is Safe
Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse says “Thanks to everyone who was as outraged by this incident as we were, Inspector Theo Arendolf was able to trace Mr Faans. Both the cat used in the meme and the another cat found on the property are now safely in the care of the SPCA. Mr Faans was also issued with a warning to refrain from any similar acts in the future. The cats (both unneutered males) will be vet assessed and we are still considering charges depending on the our vet’s findings”.
As an organisation that fights animal cruelty every day, we appeal to everyone to please be responsible with the content you generate, words and images hold immense influence and please never use your platforms to endorse animal cruelty or any unkind act. Being cruel to animals is never funny, and it’s unfortunate that Mr Faans had to learn that lesson the hard way.
We hope this incident serves as a powerful warning that all actions have consequences. Let it be a reminder to all that creating and sharing content like this is not only morally wrong but can also lead to legal repercussions. Let’s prioritise empathy and respect for all living beings. Stand against animal cruelty and refuse to be a part of the problem. Together, we can create a compassionate society that uplifts and protects animals.
Please continue to report cruelty to animals, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA will do whatever it takes to find the perpetrators of cruelty and ensure that justice is served wherever possible. Call 0217004158/9 / 0833261604 or make your report online here