This teen killed a turtle in the most inhumane way possible and posted photos for the world to see.
Most people are brutally aware of the cruelty that humans are capable of, which is often taken out on animals and now noticed more than ever because of our ability to access the Internet constantly and see visual evidence of such cruelty. While many people point to huge events or industries that exploit and torture animals, like the Yulin Dog Meat Festival or the meat and dairy industry, there are small forms of animal cruelty happening everyday around the world that people aren’t (and don’t want to be) aware of.
One such act that occurred last week in Boston was committed by 15-year-old Jonasia Simpson, who posted evidence of her cruelty on both Snapchat and Facebook. The teen, for no other other reason than that she was bored and wanted to try something ‘fun,’ decided to put her family’s baby turtle into a coffee cup and microwave the poor creature, causing it to overheat and explode in the worst death imaginable.
The baby turtle’s inhumane death was so unwarranted and grossly posted for everyone to see, showing that the teen not only didn’t care about the life or physical feelings of the helpless turtle but that they found enjoyment in the act and wanted to show off what she had done. When her post went viral because people were disgusted and outraged, Simpson responded on Facebook about how it’s just a turtle and people should “get over it,” even using the laughing emoji to show her complete disregard for animals.
Simpson soon deleted her Facebook account after receiving so much backlash, but not before those following the story found out that her mother, Shanitha Blocker, was aware that her daughter had done this and also did not care about the turtle, even encouraging her daughter for doing it. The creator of an online petition that urges Boston police to charge the teen with animal cruelty said this about the horrific incident:
“Her mother, Shanitha Blocker, was made aware of the atrocious and horrendous act, and instead of taking action or disciplining her daughter, she laughed and supported her daughter’s actions.
“Not only did Jonasia kill her family pet, and not only did her mother support the actions, but they have shown together a complete disregard for the lives and welfare of all animals. Charges of animal cruelty must be brought against the two of them and they must be imprisoned or at the very least fined to the full extent of the law in the hopes that they never again get the opportunity to kill or harm another innocent, helpless animal.”
Besides the obvious horror of killing any animal in such a way, this act of cruelty has even bigger implications, especially because Jonasia is still so young. A fact that is becoming more well-known as vicious acts against humans happen more frequently is that many serial killers or those that are extremely violent in their adult life often have a history of abusing animals as a child. While many children will do things such as yank a dog’s tail or burn ants with a magnifying glass before understanding that these acts are wrong, those that have a strong inclination towards violence will carry these acts much further, going so far as to kill or torture them.
Jonasia Simpson you deserve a special place in hell. I hope you'll explode in there too. https://t.co/riEe6dqlsx
— syafiq terry (@SyafiqTerry) May 19, 2017
Actually disgusted and so upset by this… If she ever did that to my tortoise, I'd put her in the bloody microwave. https://t.co/xsCa8vXa0u
— george (@gwevs) May 19, 2017
Just saw a before and after pic of a lady putting a turtle in the microwave and I don't think I could be anymore upset with the world ☹️
— Victoria Patrick (@Victorialeigh55) May 18, 2017
Unfortunately, those convicted of even the most extreme cases of animal cruelty rarely face the fullest extent of the sentencing, as animals are often seen as less important than humans. What makes animal cruelty almost worse than committing the same acts on a human is that the animal is usually completely defenseless and without knowledge of what is going to happen to them. Hopefully Simpson and her mother will face some sort of penalty for their disgusting behavior; if you would like to sign the petition to urge the police to press charges, you can do so here.