Kids Hurting Animals

If reports are true that Salvador Ramos (the alleged shooter in the deadly attack on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas) posted videos of cruelty to animals online and bragged about throwing dead cats at people’s houses before he opened fire on defenseless children or that Payton Gendron (the alleged shooter in Buffalo, New York) wrote about stabbing and beheading a cat and posted photos of the dead animal online, it would come as no surprise to PETA. The FBI warns that harming animals is a sign of more carnage to come. Amid the current epidemic of youth violence, PETA urges everyone to report every act of cruelty against animals and calls on authorities to take each animal abuse claim seriously—for the sake of the animal victims and to help prevent future harm. More lives may depend on it.

PETA keeps an updated list of reported incidents in which young people commit acts of cruelty to animals. Many acts of cruelty go unreported. This resource is meant to illustrate how prevalent the problem is and provide educators with tools to educate students on what it means to have compassion for all living beings. If you aren’t an educator, please share this page with one you know and inform them about TeachKind—PETA’s humane education division—and our empathy-building educational resources.

Forty-three percent of perpetrators of schoolyard massacres commit acts of cruelty to animals first (Source)—it’s time for educators to take action by implementing humane education.

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State Laws

Article 11: Curriculum
72-1128. Character development programs.

“(a) Upon request of a school district, the state board shall assist in the development of a grade appropriate curriculum for character development programs which may be offered to students in the school district. . . .”

“(2) ‘Character qualities’ means positive character qualities which include, but is not limited to, honesty, responsibility, attentiveness, patience, kindness, respect, self-control, tolerance, cooperation, initiative, patriotism and citizenship.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

May 2017/Lyon County, Kansas

Kansas.com reported that a 17-year-old girl had been charged with three counts of cruelty to animals after several guinea pigs were abandoned, one of whom—now named Rosita—was found in a mailbox. Another teenage suspect could also face charges, according to police. The other two guinea pigs had reportedly not yet been found.

April 2017/Leavenworth, Kansas

KansasCity.com reported that two teens had been sentenced in connection with several cows who had been found dead of gunshot wounds. When questioned by deputies, the defendants allegedly admitted to the shootings.

January 2017/Wichita, Kansas

KWCH.com reported that a teenager had been allegedly caught on video punching and kicking a dog. The video reportedly appears to show the teen yanking on the dog’s chain, punching him in the head, and kicking him repeatedly. The case was reportedly under investigation.