2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 18A:35-4.1–Course of study in principles of humanity
“Each board of education may teach, by special courses or by emphasis in appropriate places of the curriculum, in a manner adapted to the ages and capabilities of the pupils in the several grades and departments, the principles of humanity as the same apply to kindness and avoidance of cruelty to animals and birds, both wild and domesticated. L.1967, c.271.” (Source)
Reported Animal Abuse Cases
NewYork.CBSLocal.com reported that a group of teens had been charged with trespassing, criminal mischief, and overloading animals in connection with a local farm break-in.
NewJersey.News12.com reported that a 17-year-old boy had been charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly setting a dog on fire, killing the animal.
ClickOnDetroit.com reported that a teenager had thrown a cat off a third-story balcony and posted a video of the act on social media. The cat reportedly survived and received veterinary care, and the suspect was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.
NJ.com reported that two high school students had conspired to kill at least one goose and her goslings by running them down with an SUV. A video of the act had allegedly been uploaded to Snapchat and spread among students. At least one goose had reportedly been found dead, and the vehicle used to run down the animals had reportedly been found with goose feathers stuck to the license plate, grille, and front bumper.
ABC7NY.com reported that a group of elementary school children had fatally tortured a cat named Quattro by beating him with bricks. He reportedly sustained two fractured legs, a fractured jaw, and a broken eye socket, among other injuries, and died as a result.