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

Subdivision 1. Character development education.

“Character education is the shared responsibility of parents, teachers, and members of the community. The legislature encourages districts to integrate or offer instruction on character education including, but not limited to, character qualities such as attentiveness, truthfulness, respect for authority, diligence, gratefulness, self-discipline, patience, forgiveness, respect for others, peacemaking, and resourcefulness. Instruction should be integrated into a district’s existing programs, curriculum, or the general school environment. To the extent practicable, instruction should be integrated into positive behavioral intervention strategies, under section 122A.627. The commissioner shall provide assistance at the request of a district to develop character education curriculum and programs.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

August 2021/St. Paul, Minnesota

Yahoo! News reported that a teenager pleaded guilty in a Ramsey County juvenile court to stealing an SUV with a dog inside in late July, then abandoning the vehicle and leaving the animal to die.

March 2016/Meeker County, Minnesota

Minnesota.CBSLocal.com reported that a 17-year-old shot both his 15-year-old sister and their family dog and then killed himself.