Two Romanian have been arrested and sentenced after they were found guilty of killing two goats at a petting zoo in Berlin. The two men were reported to the police after locals heard the animal’s cries of distress, and when police caught up with them they were found with a knife and a sack containing a goat’s leg and some meat. The men claimed they didn’t know that it was a petting zoo but believed it had been a farm.
Two Romanian men are jailed for killing a goat at a Berlin petting zoo after admitting they had been hungry https://t.co/0lE3DPzu0o— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) April 4, 2018
They said they were so hungry they decided to kill the goat out of desperation, and that they used their experience as farmers from Romania to make sure the animal died peacefully and painlessly. The two men had been living in Berlin since January, and they say they had been working for a construction company during their time in Germany, but their employer had failed to pay them and had instead chosen to withhold their wages. They claim they were so close to starvation they had no choice but to turn to theft.
Wow! "The men, both 29-year-old Romanians, were convicted at a Berlin court of theft and killing an animal without good reason." https://t.co/YDyhloRo7P— Wambura wa Mwangi (@wambz254) April 5, 2018
The incident occurred on the 18th February, when the two men broke into the zoo and killed an Angoran goat called Lilly. One of the men, who had a prior criminal conviction for theft, was sentenced to 10 months in prison. While the second man was sentenced to prison for 9 months in prison. The two men were charged with theft and killing an animal without good reason, and both men have been denied parole.
A German court heard that the Romanian nationals had killed a petting zoo goat out of hunger after their employer withheld their wages. Similar things have been happening all over the "rich" part of Europe https://t.co/yeGArf0hoL— Tayelrand (@Tayelrand) April 5, 2018
The case has attracted quite a fair amount of controversy in Germany, where people have questioned the men’s account of starvation and hunger saying it doesn’t sound realistic.