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

2017 ORS 336.067¹

Topics given special emphasis in instruction

“In public schools special emphasis shall be given to instruction in:

(a) Honesty, morality, courtesy, obedience to law, respect for the national flag, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Oregon, respect for parents and the home, the dignity and necessity of honest labor and other lessons that tend to promote and develop an upright and desirable citizenry. . . .

(d) Humane treatment of animals.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

July 2017/Cottage Grove, Oregon

KVAL.com reported that a 15-year-old girl killed a puppy by repeatedly throwing the animal to the floor. She then sent text messages to family members telling them that the puppy was dead and stating, “Ha ha ha.” Police took the girl into custody on one count of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree.