Epidemic:
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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Connecticut

State Laws

Public Act No. 11-232

“Sec. 2. Section 10-222g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011): For the purposes of section 10-222d, as amended by this act, the term ‘prevention and intervention strategy’ may include, but is not limited to, … [(6)] (4) inclusion of grade-appropriate bullying education and prevention curricula in kindergarten through high school.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

June 2017/Bristol, Connecticut

Fox61.com reported that a 13-year-old boy had been charged with cruelty to animals after police identified him as the suspect in a social media video depicting the mutilation and killing of a rabbit. The video allegedly shows the teenager decapitating the rabbit with hedge trimmers.