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Pervert-pleasing high-heeled mice stompers convicted of cruelty

The Local · 15 Nov 2011, 15:55

Published: 15 Nov 2011 15:55 GMT+01:00

The women, aged 29 and 25, made a film of their “animal crushing” exploits, as the disturbing practice is known, having been promised what the court in Darmstadt heard was a considerable amount of money by a man for the video.

More about the man could not be released as he is charged in a different case, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

The women did not only step on mice, but also two lizards and three geckos, and ran over 12 mice in a car on the video, the court heard on Tuesday. They also filmed themselves burning mice with lit cigarettes.

The prosecutor said the “animal crushing” perversion was a rare kind of foot fetishism. “Customers who watch films with such content, satisfy themselves according to our information, by watching pretty women slowly step on the animals, while wearing socks, high heels or while barefoot,” she added.

The authorities used the video made by the women as evidence in the case. The 29-year-old woman was sentenced to a suspended sentence of nine months, and told to pay €500 to an animal protection organisation. Her 25-year-old friend is missing and could not be sentenced on Tuesday.

The defence lawyer criticised the sentence as particularly harsh. “One has to see that my client did not torture the animals for fun, rather that she needed the money that she had been promised in advance,” he said. He complained that the conditions of her sentence wrecked her plans to move to the United States to study business as she would no longer be allowed in the country.

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Your comments about this article

17:02 November 15, 2011 by Bushdiver
What do you think the dead animals thought of their sentence by these two dumb broads? Their lawyer criticised their sentence as particulary harsh. I think they got off way too easy. I doubt that this incident wrecked any plans for the one idiot to go to the US. In any case we have enough yo yo's there allready, we don't need anymore.
18:41 November 15, 2011 by Englishted
Rodent snuff .
18:48 November 15, 2011 by Gretl
So when I bought live mice for my cats for Christmas....
05:34 November 16, 2011 by vonSchwerin
"The 29-year-old woman was sentenced to a suspended sentence of nine months"

This is what's wrong with the German criminal justice system. People who engage in fraud, assault, and crimes other than fetishistic animal stomping routinely get suspended sentences. Why can't they serve a little hard time rather than getting a slap on the wrist?
11:56 November 16, 2011 by storymann
I am real sorry to hear that her future studies in the USA have been thwarted by this despicable act of animal cruelty. Truly disgusting and unconscionable.
13:03 November 16, 2011 by bearded1
Mike Tyson is a convicted RAPIST and can still travel around EUROPE.BUT then again it boils down to LAWS of the land maybe GERMANY needs to rethink its Ideas on punishment and put the CRIMINALS in a proper PRISON here in Germany with PROPER PUNISHMENT and keep CONVICTED CRIMINALS out,let us law abiding citizens sleep peacefuly in our beds....
13:07 November 16, 2011 by The-ex-pat
@ 05:34 November 16, 2011 by vonSchwerin

Because if it is not tax evasion or Fahrerflucht then it is not a real crime.............
20:19 November 17, 2011 by luv4tn
The criminal justice system in Germany is based on being therapeutic ad nausseum. One doesn't have to fear more than a slap on the hand, even if one beats up people in public ...
11:57 November 18, 2011 by bal00
I don't understand the comments about the justice system. They killed a few mice and reptiles, and while that is cruel, it's hardly something that would justify a prison sentence.

Some people feed their pets live mice and you can buy devices and chemicals designed to kill mice and other rodents in stores. Some people actually kill rodents for a living, and there are plenty of companies out there that kill thousands of mice every year testing drugs, cosmetics, food additives, dyes and who knows what else.

Prison time for killing animals that are regarded as pests? Please.
23:43 November 18, 2011 by maxbrando
Just think of this as botique road pizza.
20:05 November 25, 2011 by Urquan
What if CEO of McDonalds was caught while jerking off to a video clip of chickens and cows getting slaughtered in the slaughterhouse?

According to this German court, they would shut down all McDonalds restaurants, slaughter facilities and arrest the personnel working in the slaughterhouse.

This is so stupid.
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