A storm is brewing in Japan where a man who shocked the country by torturing a cat and posting the pictures online has been given a slap on the wrist by the courts.
Judge Atsushi Tomita, of the Fukuoka District Court, harshly criticised 27 year-old Jun Matsubara for his "evil deed" when handing down the six-month sentence suspended for three years.
However, his decision to stop short of putting Matsubara inside has caused outrage among animal lovers.
Matsubara, from Kure in the Hiroshima Prefecture, severed the cat's ear and tail with scissors, and strangled it with a wire at an apartment in Fukuoka on 6 and 7 May.
Under the title Live broadcast of a cat slaughter, he posted images of the animal and reported on the website what he intended to mutilate next.
The Fukuoka District Public Prosecutors Office received more than 3,000 letters from across the nation demanding a severe punishment.
When indicting Matsubara, prosecutors demanded that he be sentenced to six months in prison.
Animal rights groups in Japan are understood to be furious at the court's decision, which they say gives animal abusers a licence to kill.
According to the Mainichi Daily News the address of Matsubara's parents in Hiroshima was released on the internet after their son's cruel act came to light, and they received a number of abusive phone calls.
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