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

2015 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 17–Education
RS 17:282.2–Character education programs; legislative findings; clearinghouse for information; permissive curriculum; dissemination of information; progress reports; rules and regulations

“The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall provide a clearinghouse for information on nonsectarian practices in character education programs within Louisiana and across the nation in order to assist public elementary and secondary schools in improving character education. Clearinghouse information shall include information about comprehensive character education programs or curricula, which focus on the development of character traits such as honesty, fairness, and respect for self and others.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

September 2019/Slidell, Louisiana

WBRZ.com reported that two teenagers and an adult faced cruelty-to-animals charges stemming from the discovery of an apparently abandoned dog who had injuries including two gunshot wounds and whose rear legs had seemingly been cut off.

September 2019/New Orleans, Louisiana

WDSU.com reported that a teenager had been charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly shooting and killing a neighbor’s cat with a pellet gun.

October 2018/Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

WAFB9.com reported that a teenager allegedly shot and killed a calf. The teen was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

May 2018/Baton Rouge, Louisiana

KLFY.com reported that two 16-year-olds were arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and theft after allegedly stealing two horses. According to reports, one horse was left with injuries severe enough to warrant euthanasia. The two juveniles (along with several accomplices) were also accused of stealing and abusing horses in April 2017.

May 2017/Webster Parish, Louisiana

KSLA.com reported that a 17-year-old had been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals in connection with the death of a dog named Sophie, who had been doused in gasoline and sustained burns over 80 percent of her body.

February 2014/Alexandra, Louisiana

USAToday.com reported that a 13-year-old boy was facing cruelty-to-animals charges after he allegedly abused a puppy and posted a video of the act on Facebook. According to reports, the video appeared to show the boy hitting the puppy so hard that the animal yelped, spun, and fell from a bench.