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

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.