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A horrific case of animal cruelty recently occurred in Indonesia when two teenagers shot a 30-year-old orangutan 74 times with an air rifle.
The brutal attack left the critically endangered orangutan, named Hope, blind and unable to ever return to her home in the wild.
Not only did Hope lose her vision, but she will forever have 64 pellets implanted in her body because removing them could cause her even more damage.
Most tragically, the senseless attack also resulted in the loss of Hope’s precious baby.
The two high school students, Ade Irfanta Sitepu, 17, and Salinsyah Solin, 16, were found guilty for carrying out the heinous attack.
What was even more shocking was the so-called punishment they received for taking the life of one innocent animal and devastating the other.
Both perpetrators were sentenced to community service which included reciting evening prayers for a month. They also had to clean a mosque and apologize to the police.
How is this an appropriate punishment for such a violent crime?