In Lebanon, it’s apparently fun to beat sea turtles. Sometimes, to death.
At the Havana Beach, south of Beirut, footage surfaced of a man throwing a female sea turtle onto the sand, where it was beaten and stepped on, by him, a woman, and children– laughing and smiling while doing so.
The female sea turtle dragged out of the sea and beaten for fun by a group of people, including teaching young children to beat it, was so much fun that they had to take pictures of themselves torturing it.
Jason Mier, executive director of Animals Lebanon, reported that the sea turtle had a cracked skull and sea water seeped into its sinus cavities. Without rehabilitation, she will likely die. Animals Lebanon rescued it and is currently providing it with medical care.
But this turtle is not the only one to suffer from the hands of Lebanese beachgoers.
GreenArea International, a local non-profit, reported several dead sea turtles over the past month.
And, the loggerhead turtle is an endangered species in Lebanon. It’s near extinction is due to loss of habitat and safe areas to lay eggs. Pollution, fishing, shrimp trawling, and now– recreational beating– have led to its near extinction.
Considering that wife abuse and child marriage is advocated in the Qur’an, it’s not surprising that these people would beat a defenseless animal already near extinction– for amusement.