Kids Hurting Animals
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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.
The first step toward protecting students and animals alike in your community is lobbying for their legal right to safety. Contact your local elected officials and demand that humane education be required in all schools. Here’s how.
Reported Animal Abuse Cases
June 2017/Branson, Missouri
KY3.com reported that two teenagers had been arrested for allegedly torturing and killing a cat after a video surfaced on social media that showed the cat being tied by the neck with rope to the back of a vehicle and then dragged from the moving vehicle’s bumper.
February 2014/St. Louis, Missouri
Fox2Now.com reported that two juveniles had been arrested and charged with animal abuse after allegedly mistreating a dog and sharing a video of the act on Facebook. According to reports, the video appears to show one teenager body-slamming and repeatedly punching the 6- to 7-month-old dog while another teen can be heard laughing off camera.