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

§1221. Teaching of virtue and morality

“Instructors of youth in public or private institutions shall use their best endeavors to impress on the minds of the children and youth committed to their care and instruction the principles of morality and justice and a sacred regard for truth; love of country, humanity and a universal benevolence; the great principles of humanity as illustrated by kindness to birds and animals and regard for all factors which contribute to the well-being of man; industry and frugality; chastity, moderation and temperance; and all other virtues which ornament human society; and to lead those under their care, as their ages and capacities admit, into a particular understanding of the tendency of such virtues to preserve and perfect a republican constitution, secure the blessings of liberty and to promote their future happiness.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

December 2018/Augusta, Maine

WGME.com reported that a teenager convicted of stabbing and killing her parents and their dog at the family’s home received a sentence with a maximum of 55 years.

September 2013/South Portland, Maine

PressHerald.com reported that two 15-year-old girls had allegedly microwaved an 8-week-old kitten, later posting video footage of the incident on social media sites. The teens were charged with cruelty to animals, and the kitten was reportedly expected to recover and be put up for adoption.