An American animal rights group censured the Hamas television station for showing a cat and two lions being abused.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, said Wednesday it would send a letter of protest to Al-Aqsa Television, which earlier this month broadcast a children’s show whose host was seen swinging and kicking a cat and then goading a caged lion.
The show purported to be teaching children how not to behave toward animals, but PETA said such scenes of abuse were likely to be emulated among young viewers.
Al-Aqsa Television had no immediate comment. In June, the station stirred international outcry with a children’s show in which a Mickey Mouse-like character called for jihad against the West.