Petitions started after American teen microwaved turtle out of boredom

Petitions started after American teen microwaved turtle out of boredom
PHOTO: Facebook Screengrab

The Internet is up in arms after a teenager microwaved her pet turtle and posted the images on social media.

Last Wednesday (May 17), American teen Jonasia Simpson posted two images on Facebook, the first of which showed her pet turtle in a small bowl, with a caption that read "Putting my turtle in the microwave…"

The next one showed an image of the turtle after it was removed from the microwave, with the caption that read "Um…"

The turtle's remains were splattered around the bowl and it was noticeably reduced in size.

Photo: Facebook Screengrab

There was no explanation as to why she decided to microwave the turtle. 

Jonasia later removed the post, but not before screenshots of it were posted around the web, drawing anger from all corners of the Internet.

Netizens labelled her "turtle killer", with some enraged ones saying that she "deserves to die" for the cruelty with which she treated the turtle.

on Twitter

on Twitter

In response to the outrage sparked by her post, screenshots circulating online show that Jonasia wrote "It's a f***ing turtle get over it!" in a subsequent status update.

Photo: Facebook Screengrab

Since the post went viral, petitions have sprung up on Change.org calling for Jonasia's arrest. One of them has garnered 17,800 signatures since it was set up on May 20.

Some petitions also claimed that Jonasia's mother, Shanitha Blocker, defended her daughter's actions. However, there is no evidence to back up these claims.

A quick check on Shanitha's Facebook page shows that she has posted an apology.

In the post, she wrote that she does not support animal cruelty and abuse, and that she loves animals. She also added that she plans on "making sure the issue is resolved".

on Facebook

THIS IS A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! My name is Shanitha Blocker I sincerely want to apologize to the people who were hurt...

Posted by Shanitha Blocker on Friday, 19 May 2017

Screengrabs posted by netizens of Shanitha's Facebook page also show that the family had only owned the turtle for little over a month.

Photo: Facebook Screengrab

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