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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New Hampshire

State Laws

Chapter 193-F: Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention

“IV. A school board or board of trustees of a chartered public school shall, to the greatest extent practicable, involve pupils, parents, administrators, school staff, school volunteers, community representatives, and local law enforcement agencies in the process of developing the policy. The policy shall be adopted by all public schools within the school district and, to the extent possible, the policy should be integrated with the school’s curriculum, discipline policies, behavior programs, and other violence prevention efforts.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

September 2019/Conway, New Hampshire

WMUR.com reported that a group of teenagers in Conway had lured wild ducks out of the water with food and then beaten one of them over the head with a broomstick, eventually killing the animal.

July 2019/Raymond, New Hampshire

WGME.com reported that a rabbit had been found in a river with a rope around her neck and a 5-pound weight attached to it. Police learned that a juvenile may be involved after family members came forward, and cruelty-to-animals charges are pending.