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

July 2018/Las Vegas, Nevada

KTNV.com reported that a Chihuahua, now named Roger, had reportedly been burned by teenagers with flames, chemicals, or a firecracker in a public park. He has since recovered at a local animal hospital and has found a permanent home. The suspects have not yet been identified.

August 2017/Pahrump, Nevada

IBTimes.com reported that a 17-year-old boy had been charged with cruelty to animals after he allegedly beat a puppy with shoes and threw one of them at the dog before kicking the animal. A necropsy revealed that the puppy’s cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the chest.