In an incredibly strong condemnation of animal cruelty in the wake of several highly-publicized attacks on the wildlife, an official in Saudi Arabia has called those who torture animals "terrorists and criminals."
On Saturday, graphic footage was posted online showing a group of men dousing a caged fox with flammable liquid before setting the animal alight. According to several English-language news outlets, one of the men can be heard saying that the animal is being punished for eating chickens.
Saudi newspaper Arar reports that the torture and killing of foxes is spreading throughout the region, with at least two other cases occurring within the last few months. While it's unclear what might be driving the uptick in cruelty toward animals, officials say that such acts are unacceptable.
Prince Bandar Bin Saud Bin Mohammed, who serves as president of the Saudi Wildlife Commission, is quoted by Gulf News as calling the torture of animals "totally against human nature and values," likening the perpetrators to members of ISIS.