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 Mexico

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 2019/Albuquerque, New Mexico

WSAW.com reported that two teens allegedly chased a peacock and stomped on his back at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

September 2018/Las Cruces, New Mexico

KVIA.com reported that several Las Cruces children—the youngest of whom was reportedly just 11 years old—broke into  a daycare and stomped on and smashed three goldfish to death, “smearing their innards” across the tile.