Kids Hurting Animals

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.

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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

August 2022/Las Vegas, Nevada

8NewsNow.com reported that a young teen was facing a felony charge of cruelty to animals after allegedly drowning a dog in a community swimming pool in July.

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.