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

§ 22-29-103

“Each school district, either individually or through a board of cooperative services, is strongly encouraged to establish a character education program designed to help students cultivate honesty, respect, responsibility, courtesy, respect for and compliance with the law, integrity, respect for parents, home, and community, and the dignity and necessity of a strong work ethic, conflict resolution, and other skills, habits, and qualities of character that will promote an upright, moral, and desirable citizenry and better prepare students to become positive contributors to society. The program may include information concerning this country’s founding documents and concerning religion in American history. Such character education program should be designed to stress the importance that each teacher model and promote the guidelines of behavior established in the character education program for youth to follow at all times, in every class.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

May 2020/Colorado Springs, Colorado

People.com reported that a 19-year-old Colorado resident who reportedly admitted killing his mother’s cat in September 2019 was accused of having stabbed to death a Colorado Springs woman. The victim’s 16-year-old daughter was allegedly an accomplice.

January 2018/Carbondale, Colorado

AspenTimes.com reported that a teen had been accused of shooting a 2-year-old Labrador retriever to death after allegedly breaking into another home and stealing a rifle.

March 2016/Berthoud, Colorado

KDVR.com reported that four teenagers had been seen running away from an 11-week-old puppy, named Bella, who had apparently been beaten, kicked, and/or stomped on in her own yard, leaving her with internal bleeding and broken bones. Reportedly, she survived the attack and received veterinary care, but the suspects had not yet been identified.