Justice for Tortoise Set on Fire in Live Social Media Video


Target: Douglas A. Valeska, Houston County District Attorney

Goal: Demand that the maximum penalty be set for the teenager who reportedly set a tortoise on fire to increase Facebook views.

A tortoise was set on fire allegedly to garner Facebook views. A live video feed showed an Alabama teenager dousing the tortoise in alcohol and setting it on fire. Demand that the maximum penalty be set in this case.

James Terrence Allen, 19, reportedly stated, “give me 100 views and I’ll light it” shortly before dousing the tortoise in alcohol and setting it ablaze. He then reportedly threatened, “give me 200 views or this (expletive) is gonna die.” The gopher tortoise, known as Leonardo, fortunately suffered only minor injuries.

Allen has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Leonardo is recuperating at the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary in Enterprise and will be released back into the wild once he recovers. Sign below and demand that the maximum penalty be set for this cruel case.


Dear District Attorney Valeska,

A tortoise suffered minor injuries after a teenager reportedly set him on fire. The crime was documented in a live Facebook video. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.

Leonardo, a gopher tortoise, endured tremendous suffering after he was set on fire. The live video reportedly documented James Terrence Allen asking for more views and threatening to kill the tortoise if he did not receive them.

Allen faces a felony animal cruelty charge as well as a misdemeanor charge from the Alabama Game Wardens, as the gopher tortoise is a threatened species. Take a stand against animal abuse and recommend the maximum penalty in this case.


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Photo Credit: Dothan Police Department

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  1. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    For every swine the water in hell’s cauldron is boiling already!

  2. There are more and more teenagers committing heinous animal cruelty. Why ? This kind of behavior is psychopathic. These kids need professional help, ASAP !!

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    I hope the mutha fckr rots in hell❗️😠
    Signed & Shared 😡

  4. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    Fucking morons

  5. Stacia Hightower says:

    What is wrong with kids now days. Charge him to the fullest .this needs to stop.these kids will soon be killers if something is not dune this brakes my heart


  7. I hope prison is still a dangerous place for girly-boys. This young man needs to become a victim for a period of time. I doubt he can be rehabilitated. Sociopaths are set in stone for life.

  8. renate botzler says:

    Special candle for you 👼 my friend
    Nature treats back now 💪 Monsters
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now 💪
    Higher Justice works now 💪
    Feel the pain of your victim
    every minute of your senseless life
    Live your hell 👹 now
    Higher Justice works now 💪

  9. William Eaves says:

    This evil bastard should be set alight himself !

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