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

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.