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

The first step toward protecting students and animals alike in your community is lobbying for their legal right to safety. Contact your local elected officials and demand that humane education be required in all schools. Here’s how.

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

September 2016/Fayetteville, Arkansas

ArkansasOnline.com reported that a group of teenagers had been caught on video smashing beverage cans open on a baby goat’s horns during a party. The goat was reportedly taken in by a rescue group following the incident.

June 2016/Texarkana, Arkansas

TXKToday.com reported that a teen who had reportedly strangled his stepmother’s tabby cat and tortured and killed the family’s two companion rabbits was sentenced to four years in prison.