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

Character Education Policy

“The vitality and viability of our democratic way of life are dependent on all students developing into responsible and caring citizens who respect themselves, others, and the world in which they live. Character education is the process through which students are provided opportunities to learn and demonstrate democratic principles and core ethical values such as civic responsibility, compassion, honesty, integrity, and self-discipline. The Department shall identify a common core of ethical values which will be promoted throughout the public school system and serve as standards for student behavior and character development.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

September 2020/Haleiwa, Hawaii

KITV.com reported that surveillance cameras at Sunset Elementary School captured a female shooting a cat with a bow and arrow and a total of four trespassers, who appear to be juveniles, dragging the animal’s carcass.

December 2016/Kaena Point, Hawaii

CivilBeat.org reported that a 19-year-old and two juvenile suspects had been arrested and charged after allegedly killing 17 albatrosses. The birds—who are federally and internationally protected—were reportedly killed in a wildlife sanctuary. The suspects were also said to have smashed their eggs and cut the feet off some of the animals.

September 2013/Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

NYDailyNews.com reported that a teenager had posted footage online of himself torturing a tiger shark. His actions weren’t considered illegal because there were no signs in the harbor to indicate that fishing is prohibited.