Businessman offers $6,361 reward to whoever identifies man who kicked cat through the air

Businessman offers $6,361 reward to whoever identifies man who kicked cat through the air

Footage of a man pretending to stroke a cat and then dropkicking it through the air has gone viral.

This is the clip, which was posted to Twitter by animal right's group Protect Wildlife

In the footage, the man, who is dressed in a red cap, sneakers, and sportswear, can be seen stroking the animal to gain its trust, before kicking it through the air.

Since being posted to Twitter on May 25, the shocking footage has amassed more than 12 thousand comments and likes.

Now, British businessman Duncan Bannatyne has offered a £5,000 ($6,361) reward to anyone with information which could lead to the successful identification of the man:

He wrote:

"I will pay a reward of £5,000 to whoever correctly names this piece of sh*t."

A man pretending to stroke a cat. Credit: Twitter / @Protect_Wildlife

The reward was announced after the British animal right's organization the RSPCA said that they were investigating the incident on Twitter:

"Thanks for tagging us - this has been reported and will be looked into. If you have further information regarding this please report to us on 0300 1234 999 - thanks."

Comedian Ricky Gervais, who is a known animal rights advocate, also slammed the man:

Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson added:

"What an absolute Prick!!!! Sincerely hope him and his little video mate are found and have the same done to them. In fact, I'd happily pay to do it to them myself!"

However, while Bannatyne's reward might be enticing, it's a reflection of wider public outrage about the footage and further distress shouldn't be caused by the incident by the wrong person being named.

This news comes alongside the announcement that a teen who was filmed slapping a cat against a wall has been arrested.