March 2nd, 2011

Luis Moreno: Owl Outrage – UPDATED

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UPDATE: Today we learn that Luis Moreno will be punished by the Columbian Football Association for kicking the owl. It is unlikely that his punishment will be as ‘creative’ as many of those suggested by our commenters. Which is sad.


There aren’t many things that make us lose our sense of humour here at Kickette HQ.  We pride ourselves on being able to extract funsies from the most unlikely of situations, including infidelity, intern shooting and international incidents. It’s a good thing, really.

We wouldn’t have anything to write about if we didn’t.

However, our ability to cleverly riff our way through the issues of the day rapidly dissipates when violence against animals is concerned. Most of us are pet owners here (with varying degrees of disciplinary success, we might add), and the above video of Deportivo Pereira defender Luis Moreno (left) kicking an owl mascot for having the temerity to land on the pitch during the game has ruffled more than a few feathers.

Image: Getty Images/Zimbio.

Seriously. We are stunned.

In response, we are in the process of forming a delegation of Kickette representatives who will travel to Colombia, seek out Mr. Moreno and (calmly) explain to him reasons why we disagree with his actions. Does anyone want in? We’re not allowed to drink in transit due to an outstanding restraining order involving a previous incident on a plane, but on the plus side – Ashley’s promised to lend us his air rifle.

Form an orderly queue, please.

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77 Responses to “Luis Moreno: Owl Outrage – UPDATED”

  1. mark evans says:

    I will give anyone £5000 who severely injures or worse, this scum bag, this is a genuine offer my name is Mark Evans & live in Walsall, west midlands uk

  2. TariGirl.x says:


  3. Catie2838 says:

    He clearly saw the poor thing get hit by the ball, which is why it was on the field anyway. So why then did he walk all the way over (it's not like he was even near the owl to begin with) to further injure it? And he didn't give it a nudge to see if it could move. He punted it! Dude, how much of a douche bag do you have to be to go out of your way to beat a bird?!

    I'm a little late to the game on this one, but outrage is still outrage even 20 days later!

  4. belairjeffircink says:

    Moreno said he was trying to wake the bird so it would fly away. really? that all you got? he was sorry in an interview but said it's unfair that so much is being made of this. how 'bout someone kicking Moreno in order to "wake his ass up"? no sympathy. i wish the worst for this asshole.

  5. Daedalus says:

    Sick F*cker!

  6. Clare says:

    What a disgusting excuse for a human being. Hurting an animal is bad enough, but what he did to that poor defenceless creature was absolutely shocking. Forget being punished by the Football Association, he should be criminally charged.

  7. pearl says:

    why couldn't Ashley accidentaly shot him? and by shot i mean with real gun, not some air rifle…..
    seriously sick to my stomach….and i didn't even watch the whole video, i couldn't bear to see that poor creature suffered

  8. xbabyshakesx says:

    how insensitive!!!!
    That poor owl

  9. Maribel says:

    I can't watch the video…I can't bear the thought of watching a grown "man" ( I use the term loosely) abuse a beautiful, innocent animal. Kickette, can you please find out what happened to the owl and update us again? This guy needs more than a fine, he really should be banned or severely suspended without pay.

    We can't kick him in the balls, b/c he doesn't have any.

  10. Jen says:

    Shocking!!! What the hell was he thinking?? Who does that???

  11. Laulau says:

    ColOmbian, not Columbian, kickettes

  12. Maria says:

    I am soooo sad and especially seeing the owl look so helpless landing on its back and looking up. Luis Moreno is an idiot. Really you thought by kicking it it would fly off? He thought with his strong foot that sometimes slams into a man's ankle and breaks it and he thought by kicking a poor defenseless animal it would just fly off? Or he just wanted to see it fly off. This guy is just ugly. UGLY UGLY UGLY

  13. Lily says:

    I can't believe that he kicked it. I just can't believe it. I hated to watch it and I really shouldnt have watched it because now I will keep seeing it in my head. That poor beautiful owl. I can't help but cry. Poor thing and that guy is a jackass. I hope someone kicks him. Why do that? Why not go over to the poor thing and pick it up and take it to someone or atleast wait until someone comes and gets it. I feel sick to my stomach after watching that. I love Owls they are so soft and sweet and quite shy creatures. MY heart just broke. I will forever loathe Luis Moreno. BASTARD!

  14. mochara says:

    that man is disgusting, he should be in jail. When is the flight Kickettes??

  15. LAmonkeygirl says:

    Sadly, the owl died. I'm really angry and sad.…

  16. uie says:

    This is what happens when you have descent player. Yeah, Quaresma is not that polite but at least seagull is still alive.

  17. mad says:

    idiot, what was he thinking? or he is not thinking at all. i would punish him, that he wouldn't want to come to the field anymore….. :(

  18. GigiSantaCruz says:

    I havent seen the video yet, and after reading the comments, I dont think I ever will! Just by reading what this douchebag has done, I can imagine how sad the images may be and how miserable I'll feel, so I'll save myself from that. But that wont stop me from doing whatever I can to make sure this S.O.A.B. gets what he deserves. I'll contact all the animal rights organizations to which I'm associated with and do something, coz I just cannot sit and stare while beings like Luis Moreno (I cant even call him human) do this kind of atrocity to a poor animal that hasn't harmed him in any way.

  19. Lily says:

    How can somebody do something like this and try to justify it. He needs to learn how to control his actions or get the fuck off the pitch. Nothing angers me more than animal cruelty and this asshole deserves to be kicked in the face multiple times by a UFC fighter.

  20. Amandinha says:

    Ok. I have to take part on this. I owe it to all owls. I'm serious…

    At my family's farm, there's a stretch of road that we all had to drive through it really slow, because there was a nest of owls in the side and they would often fly in front of our cars… One day, I was in a bit of a hurry, completely forgot about them and didn't reduce the speed. And, unfortunately, I hit an owl. It was flying in front of my car, I didn't see it, and the poor thing couldn't keep up with the speed, so it hit the windshield.
    I immediately hit the break and went to check on the owl. It was dead. And it was so tiny and cute. My heart broke and I started crying like I knew her (i like to think it was a she) all my life. I grabbed a blanket (actually, my brother's shirt, but it was 100% cotton, very comfy, I promise) and took the body with me.
    When I got home, me and my niece (who's 4 yrs old and still thinks the owl was already dead when I found it – don't want her to think of her aunt as a murder) buried the little owl in the backyard.

    (glad i got that out of my system)

    Anyway, to think I still feel so guilty when I remember this accident, I can't believe a grown man could actually do such a thing on purpose! But then again… there are people who kill other people… I don't get them thugs.

    So count me in, Kickettes! I'm in Brazil, it won't take long to get to Colombia! Ahoy!

    • Sara P says:

      "But then again… there are people who kill other people"…..yeah, and people who kill animals EVERY DAY! I am a vegetarian….so of course this angers me…..but I don't understand what makes this owl so special. What about all of the millions of other animals that die everyday by the hands of people?

      Sorry…I am not trying to gang up on you….but it just makes me angry that everyone is so torn up by this owl (I am too…it literally disgusts me), but then why doesn't everyone react that way when a slab of beef or bacon lands on their plate?

      • ashmenon says:

        Killing an animal to eat it is not cruelty. It's called the food chain. While I do respect the vegetarian argument that meat production facilities practice animal cruelty to increase profits, the basic idea of killing an animal for meat is not wrong. Every carnivore or omnivore on this earth does it.

        But kicking an animal because it's in your way? Right now I'm wishing Moreno's balls were in MY way.

  21. Jebber Jones says:

    Totally uncalled for. Are they losing the game? I just cant understand his action. He can actually leave the bird alone. There are people who are paid in the stadium to handle this kind of situation. Not a good husband. =)

  22. erika says:

    WHAT THE HELL!?!? WHO DOES THAT?!?! That. is. messed. up.

  23. noelle says:

    all the words everyone has already used to describe this guy are not even enough…. he can go straight to hell, i'll never be a fan of this jerk off… i hope someone breaks his leg *wishful thinking*

  24. MsLiverpoolLady says:

    Karma is a bitch and I can't wait to see that jerk get kicked in the head. Some people's kids…

  25. chay says:

    wow, that is seriously messed up. he is a big-time douche bag. what the hell–does he beat his kids and woman too?

  26. LL_o says:

    OMG!!!!!!!Where's P.E.T.A ?? they should get involved in this because this stupid moron just killed the poor creature out of the blue 'cuz you know……that sweet thing would never hurt you!!!!!fsagdgdfzgfdg" I'm so mad and sad right now….I seriously hope there'll be legal action against this ape!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Toni says:

    The ball hitting the owl prior to Moreno's kick probably did most of the damage.
    Still – what the fuck is asshole doing!? Why would you even think about kicking a helpless animal like that?

    • @DebStimson says:

      Yeah…poor bird…pelted by the ball and then booted off the field by that idiot?! :'{

      "Moreno also claims that he loves animals, his children have pets, and that his temporary lapse of reason was due to “the heat of the moment, besides, I don’t think it was that hard of a hit. I was just trying to get him off the pitch.”'

      Right. So the poor bird "took a dive"? Dude, you are trained to kick a ball (and other players?) as hard as you can. How could you possibly think that a bird could sustain the same type of kick to the head as a ball, after JUST having been pelted by the ball, and still live or not be injured?! smh

      I was a bit surprised that the owl seemed to be sitting on the pitch before initially being hit by the ball. Perhaps he/she was already hurt or sick? But STILL…there's no excuse for what this clown did!

  28. dw stevens says:

    this scum bag should be held down, have his pubic hair plucked out one at a time, followed by a good swift kick to his pecker.. I hope the fuker goes to jail, forget the fine!!!

  29. This behavoir is why Jesus needs to man as we know him and rebuild man in his spirit! The great day (time) of judgement is near! One of the attributes of the creator is reveberation , so maybe Moreno will get his eyeballs scratched out and lose his sight and will never be able to play again!

  30. SoccerrLoverrr says:

    Apparently the owl died :(

    • Paula says:

      Yeah I just read it. The owl is dead :( It´s so sad to see this type of behavior in the 21 st century. This "men" MUST be punished.

  31. Tere says:…

    The poor little thing died. What did it ever do to him!?!?!?! I hope he gets kicked by something 100 times bigger than him some day and see how he feels.

  32. annie says:

    I couldn't believe what i saw.He's nothing more than an

  33. Natalie says:

    The owl has died…they are looking into envior sanctions to throw at Luis Moreno…I hope they do!

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  35. LuvinBale says:

    I actually GASPED outloud at work when I watched that video. So disgusting and just horrific.
    I just read on line that the owl did in fact die- I looked at 5 different news sites and they all said the same thing.
    I hope I am wrong but by the looks of the video I dont think I am. From the video you can see that the *sshole kicks the animal directly on the head.
    How disgusting is that?

    Kickette – I think youn have an army of backing you on this one. This better watch his back- you never know when a Kickette soldier is going to get you!!!

    • Khomala Ramal says:

      I gasped out aloud too because i really wasn't expecteing it to be so callous and cold-heartedly vicious.
      I cannot find words exactly to describe my anger and disgust….All i know is this world is round and what goes around, will come around. Karma will get him good someday. the Poor owl…I hope he's is a better place now than here on earth with scums like this.

  36. Nienke says:

    I'll kill him.
    I'm definitely in.
    I'm also an animal activist with aggressiveness issues.

  37. C16 says:

    What a bastard!!!! I just can't even…. AHHHHH! This rages me!!!
    I'm in Kickette!!! Now pass me the rifle Cashley, and let's see if this asshole "can fly"!!!!

  38. Crackers says:

    poor owl. And what was Moreno thinking? It's not a football, you don't kick it like that if it's alive!

  39. franizzle says:

    Omg :( what an asshole
    the owl looked so cute and helpless .____.
    I can't believe that there are people doing something so violent

  40. Melanie Gedeon says:

    omfg what a freaking asshole.
    he should pay a huge fine.
    im almost in tears right now cause thats freaking unexcusable.

  41. GinaM says:

    that is horrible did you see how the owl looked up at him like he was going to help him?

    That is disgusting Count me in … Im ready to let me loose!

  42. Johanna says:

    What a B**tard! He deserves to get kicked in the head to see how he likes it. One day he will pay for this.

  43. LosAngeleno says:

    I felt pretty nauseous watching that disgusting act of cruelty. I hope any other owls in the stadium are watching, waiting, biding their time. Be very scared Luis. Very scared.

  44. JCJ says:

    OMG what a complete jerk!!!! How could anyone be so awful? I am so upset about this I don't know what to do!

  45. Gigi says:

    what a DICK!!!!!!!!!!

  46. @etfiny says:

    wait a week or two and i'll 'borrow' my dad's hunting rifle. it makes pretty (big) holes.
    since he already is an asshole he might want a couple extra ones just in case.

    geez, what a jerk.

  47. Devilish-x says:

    If I could I would get a group of owls to just poop on him. But that wouldnt be enough punishment for what he did.
    Seriously, what a pillock!

  48. Missy Manchester says:

    There appears to be some confusion as to whether or not the owl survived…

    A Colombian news report says the poor creature died:…

    The Daily Mail (UK) says it is recovering:…

    • EllieLUFC says:

      The Daily Mail are disgusting liars all year round, so I doubt that's true.
      I really wish it was, though.
      He's a disgusting bastard…

  49. Missy Manchester says:

    The owl died.

    • mamaly says:

      NO, that is horrible
      What a scumbag

    • canederli says:

      That's weird. Another blog Who Ate All The Pies had a report that said the owl had a fractured leg but was being treated and would recover. Where did you hear that the poor little thing had died?

      • Milly says:

        It died, sadly.
        I'm from Colombia and it's all over the news and people are disgusted by it.

  50. Soon2beWifeOfNAsri says:

    Kickette am in, and i'll show him how it feels like to be kicked while your down and injured, DAMN FOOL!!! If he does that without second thought to a innocent injured animal i fear to think what he would do with a human being!!!!

  51. DebC says:

    The owl is expected to recover, received a minor fracture to one of its leg.

  52. DebC says:

    I cant believe what I saw! Looking for my passport now! how is the owl????

    • sarah says:

      According to the Daily Mail, the owl's recovering. And yeah, this guy is a DOUCHE.

    • Raincitygirl says:

      The stadium staff took it to a veterinarian where it was treated for its injuries. Unfortunately it went into shock and died two days later.

  53. SoccerrLoverrr says:

    wat the hell is this douchebag's problem? What did that poor owl do to him?!

  54. mamaly says:

    what a complete moron, i hope they ban him for live (Ashley Cole looking at you)

  55. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Disgusting behaviour! There are no excuses. Count me in, Kickette!

  56. Bri says:

    I have no words. That is absolutely unforgivable!!! Poor little barn owl…I would say I would be in on the mission to Columbia but I'm afraid my inner Dexter Morgan would come out.

  57. Sergz says:

    And get this, his excuse was "I just wanted to see if it could fly" – Why the hell would he kick it then?

  58. BarceLisa says:

    I love how the other players confronted him. What a douche.

  59. shay says:

    Son of a bitch!

  60. Missy Manchester says:

    I hope the club, the fans, the football association all get together to drop-kick this sociopath back to Jurassic Park where he belongs. His callous, conscience-less actions are truly disturbing.

    He needs to trade in the physiotherapist for a psychotherapist. Seriously.

  61. EllieLUFC says:

    What a knobhead!
    I'm in, Kickette, but I might 'accidently' leave my calm at home.