UPDATE: On Wednesday, March 4, PETA released a statement urging Jill Duggar’s husband to apologize for his actions. “Might doesn’t make right, but that’s the message you have sent to scores of impressionable young children and loyal fans,” Sarah Withrow King, PETA’s Director of Christian Outreach, wrote in her letter. “I hope you’ll publicly apologize for your actions, and remind your followers that Jesus’ command to ‘do unto others’ includes all of God’s creatures.” The letter was also published on JesusPeopleForAnimals.com.
Not messing with someone his own size. Derick Dillard had a good ole time sledding in the snow with his family on Sunday, Mar. 1 — that unfortunately involved a defenseless cat. The 19 Kids and Counting star tried to run over a feline while riding a cookie sheet sled.
“Move cat,” Dillard, 25, is heard saying in the Instagram clip. The soon-to-be dad then sits down a few feet away from the cat and waits to be pushed by a male family member. The camera cuts away momentarily, but returns to Dillard just in time to see the kitten slightly roll over and leap away.
“Sledding with friends and family at the Duggar home,” he wrote. “#smallestsled.”
Dillard, who is expecting his first child with Jill Duggar, didn’t receive the friendliest comments from Instagram users.
“First sign of a psychopath is hurting animals. Better be careful with that baby…” one commenter posted on the video. A second added: “That is so sickening and certainly not very Godly. I can’t believed they LAUGHED while they were tormenting an animal. What happened to loving all of God’s creatures?”
Others said they were “disappointed” and that doing something like that was “not okay.”
Watch the controversial video above.
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