Beijing - A Chinese woman has publicly apologised after she infuriated animal lovers by stomping a kitten to death on video, state media said yesterday.

Wang Jue, a nurse from northeast China's Heilongjiang province, said she was persuaded into performing for the bizarre video after she had suffered a divorce.

The film was later posted on the internet and could be downloaded for free, the Shanghai Daily reported. It was meant as an advertisement for a website selling videos of "small animals being stomped to death by provocative women".

The video created an uproar and the website was closed. Wang was fired from her job. - Sapa-AFP