Epidemic:
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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Nebraska

State Laws

79-725.
Character education; principles of instruction; duty of teachers.

“Each teacher employed to give instruction in any public, private, parochial, or denominational school in the State of Nebraska shall arrange and present his or her instruction to give special emphasis to common honesty, morality, courtesy, obedience to law, respect for the national flag, the United States Constitution, and the Constitution of Nebraska, respect for parents and the home, the dignity and necessity of honest labor, and other lessons of a steadying influence which tend to promote and develop an upright and desirable citizenry.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

April 2021/Lincoln, Nebraska

Journalstar.com reported that two teenagers had been accused of killing a nesting female goose.

November 2013/Lincoln, Nebraska

JournalStar.com reported that police cited a 17-year-old boy for allegedly trapping a cat and killing the animal with a hatchet.