Kids Hurting Animals

PETA keeps an updated list of reported incidents in which young people commit acts of cruelty to animals. These incidents are only the ones that have been reported in the media. The actual number of such abuse cases is likely much higher since many go unreported. This resource is meant to illustrate the prevalence of the problem and to provide educators with tools to help their students learn what it means to have compassion for all sentient beings.

43% of the perpetrators commit acts of cruelty to animals before schoolyard massacres (Source)—it’s time for educators to take action by implementing humane education.

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State Laws

Statute 15-719

“Instruction in the definition and application of at least six of the following character traits: truthfulness, responsibility, compassion, diligence, sincerity, trustworthiness, respect, attentiveness, obedience, orderliness, forgiveness, virtue, fairness, caring, citizenship and integrity.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

September 2021/Phoenix, Arizona

KTAR News reported that a 16-year-old allegedly threw rocks at and punched a pair of horses with the help of an adult.

October 2013/Chandler, Arizona

AZFamily.com reported that four boys faced felony cruelty-to-animals charges for allegedly hitting a kitten with a soccer ball, throwing the cat to the ground, then kicking and throwing the animal into a pool. The kitten eventually died.