Face of the Day


A magistrate has slammed an Australian man who filmed himself biting the head off a live rat for his “rabid, narcissistic attention-seeking” behaviour.

Outside court minutes after the hearing, Matthew Clement Maloney, 25, defended his actions as not “that bad”, saying “there’s a lot worse you could have done”.

Like a scientist torturing rats for weeks on end. 

Maloney: I agree with the court’s decision but I just think … I don’t think it was that bad but ah, there’s a lot worse stuff you could have done, buy rat poison and all that stuff, rat traps. So I just don’t think it was how they made it out to be.

Reporter: Do you understand the rat would have been in a lot of pain though? Do you feel bad about that?

Maloney: Who said it was in a lot of pain?

Reporter: The RSPCA.

Maloney: They said it was in 29 seconds of pain. I don’t think – I don’t know how they could have proven that when they test on rats all the time.

Reporter: So you say you’re remorseful but you don’t think it’s that bad?

Maloney: I’m remorseful, like I wish it never happened and all that stuff but yeah.

Reporter: Are you remorseful because you’ve suffered or because the rat suffered?

Maloney: I just think there’s a lot of stuff. Well, rats are killed all the time for testing and all that stuff and the rat was already going to die but yeah I’m just glad it’s all over now.

Reporter: The magistrate said you were narcissistic. Do you agree?

Maloney: Nah um, ah, it’s all good. I’m going now.

Reporter: Do you think you’ll still make videos?

Maloney: Nah, no more. It’s all done.



– Brisbane Times

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