§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
NewsCenterMaine.com reported that a teen was facing felony cruelty-to-animals charges after video footage reportedly showed them swinging a kitten named Harlow by the tail several times and then slamming the animal against the pavement. As a result of the attack, Harlow sustained severe head trauma and may lose an eye.
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.
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.