A 33-year-old man went on trial Friday for poisoning over 40 cats in Tokyo's Ota Ward last year.
In the opening session before the Tokyo District Court, the defendant, Shinya Kuboki, admitted killing the cats and leaving their bodies strewn about a parking lot and a park, NTV reported.
Prosecutors said Kuboki, a computer programmer, mixed fatal pesticides with cat food to lure the unsuspecting cats. He was charged with violating the animal protection law.
During his opening statement, Kuboki -- who had a pet cat at home -- stated that he committed his crime out of a love for cats, and not some malicious act. He felt that it was sad that feral cats have such lonely and short lives. He said he got really irritated by local residents feeding stray cat and wanted to keep their population down.
Kuboki was arrested for strangling a cat. When questioned by police, Kuboki admitted that he had four other dead cats in the basket on the front of his bicycle.
The cats were found dead in parks and on streets between April and Aug 18. In some cases, the cats had some kind of foaming drooling from the mouth. Some of the cats were residents' pets, but most were strays.
All the cats were found dead within a 500-meter radius between Omorinishi 6-chome and Kamata 2-chome. Cat food was found beside beside the bodies.© Japan Today