West Ham are donating to NINE different animal welfare charities following the £250,000 fine they imposed on Kurt Zouma following the defender’s cat-kicking scandal
- Kurt Zouma has been fined a week’s wages worth £250,000 for kicking his cat
- The defender was seen kicking and hitting his pet in images posted on Snapchat
- West Ham have announced they have made donations to animal welfare charities
- They donated to nine national and international cases following the fine
West Ham have made donations to nine animal welfare charities following the club’s fine of defender Kurt Zouma following his cat-kicking scandal.
Last month, the 27-year-old was seen kicking and hitting his terrified cat in footage posted on Snapchat by his brother Yoan.
The Premier League club condemned the Frenchman’s actions and fined him two weeks’ wages, worth £250,000, which he pledged to donate to animal charities.
The club announced that the West Ham United Foundation had now identified nine animal welfare charities to donate to following Zouma’s fine.
Members of their independent supporters committee used a network of supporters and supporter groups to propose charities in the local community.
As well as cases in east London and the club’s Essex heartland, charities with a wider international reach have also benefited.
These organizations include charities that have been able to support animal shelter, rescue and welfare in Ukraine during the current crisis.
They provided support to animal shelters operating in the war-torn country and worked with people who were forced to evacuate with their animals due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
West Ham have donated to nine animal welfare charities after defender Kurt Zouma was filmed kicking his cat
The defender has been fined £250,000 by the club after footage emerged of him kicking the animal
The Hammers said each organization “will receive significant payments that will go towards supporting the fantastic work they do.”
WEST HAM’S NINE ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS
Protection of cats
Celia Hammond Animal Trust
Hopefield Wildlife Sanctuary
National Animal Welfare Trust
People’s dispensary for sick animals
Pussycat Lodge Trust
Humane Society International/UK
International Fund for Animal Welfare
paws of war
A statement from the club read: ‘West Ham United would like to thank all those who have contacted the Club with animal welfare charities and good causes, and our supporters who have been involved in the process of identifying those who received financial support, ensuring that a huge positive came from something negative.
Zouma has been charged by the RSPCA after the footage emerged last month and his two cats were confiscated.
Both the player and the club also lost sponsorship deals following the horrifying incident, while the player has been mocked by opposition fans ever since.
The club issued a statement condemning their actions in February before vice-chairman Karen Brady insisted there was ‘no defence’ in The sun.
Brady also claimed the club’s values extend to ‘second chances’ and revealed the importance of rehabilitation at West Ham.
She said West Ham were discussing “relevant educational programmes” which could help the player and support the work of animal welfare charities.
Brady revealed that Zouma showed “extreme remorse” and “accepted this sanction immediately without reservation and fully agreed that the funds would be donated to ensure good was done”.
David Moyes initially faced backlash after continuing to play Zouma after the scandal, but the Irons boss has defended his decision and insisted the Frenchman has ‘remorse’.
Newcastle fans at the London Stadium mocked the 27-year-old by holding up inflatable cats
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady (pictured) insisted there was ‘no defence’ for Zouma’s actions
“We all make mistakes in life,” Moyes said ahead of their trip to Leicester in February. “I don’t condone his actions. We all accepted they were evil. But we chose to play him and I stand by that.
“He is genuinely remorseful and disappointed in his actions. There will be reactions on the football pitch, which he should expect and rightly so. He played the other night and I think the West Ham fans gave him a good reception.
“I understand how people feel. I really do. But now we ask everyone for a little forgiveness. We all make mistakes.’