CT girls in 'animal crush' video

The girls took part in a video involving the killing of goldfish coupled with a sexual act.

The girls took part in a video involving the killing of goldfish coupled with a sexual act. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says it is considering laying animal cruelty charges against two high school girls who are implicated in a sexual animal fetish video.

It's being reported the two girls are pupils at Edgemead High School.

The pornographic video, which involves a sexual act and the killing of goldfish, has gone viral and is being circulated online and on social media.

The SPCA's Allan Perrins said, "We did receive a complaint. We're still in the process of examining the evidence and viewing the video footage in order to determine which sections of the Animal Protection Act have been contravened. But we are almost certain charges will be laid for cruelty to animals."

He says, "We were told that these youngsters were paid R1,500 each to participate in the shooting of what they call an 'animal crush' video. We certainly want to put a stop to this."

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Education Department says the two pupils are allowed to continue writing their exams at this stage.

The department's Bronagh Casey says, "The school's governing body will meet this week to determine whether disciplinary action will be taken. The school has provided counselling support to the learners and we have offered further support if needed."

At the same time, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) admits it is difficult to prosecute in child pornography cases.

It says investigating these matters is also a challenge.

The NPA recently participated in an open dialogue in Khayelitsha on child pornography and cyber safety, which comes as National Child Protection Week concluded on Sunday.

Advocate Bonnie Currie-Gamwo says, "You don't know who created the image. You have to go on trying to identify the persons on the image itself and often they don't want to tell us who was recording them. Sometimes it was more than one person videotaping them."