Animal rights group slams "shocking" Hamas TV clip
JERUSALEM, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Animal rights group PETA said on Wednesday it would protest to a Hamas-run TV channel after a clip from a programme showing animals being abused appeared on YouTube, prompting scores of complaints from viewers worldwide.A slight fissure in the leftist-Islamic convergence.
"It's shocking and sickening," said Martin Mersereau, manager of the domestic animal abuse division of U.S.-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Speaking to Reuters by telephone, he said PETA was drafting a letter of protest to the Gaza-based al-Aqsa television station, which aired the show -- aimed at teaching children not to abuse animals -- last week.
A segment of the programme was posted on the YouTube video-sharing Web site after being recorded and translated by pro-Israeli group Palestinian Media Watch.
An official at the TV station declined immediate comment.
The YouTube clip shows an actor dressed as a bee mistreating a cat and lions at Gaza Zoo. In the studio, he is reprimanded by the programme's host, who cautions children against mimicking the bee's "terrible" behaviour.