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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Utah

State Laws

Utah Code Part 6: Bullying and Hazing

“(2) To the extent that state or federal funding is available for this purpose, school boards are encouraged to implement programs or initiatives, in addition to the training described in Subsection (1), to provide for training and education regarding, and the prevention of, bullying, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation.” (Source)

R277-475-7. Civic Engagement.

“B. Civic and character education shall be achieved through an integrated school curriculum and in the regular course of school work.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

June 2014/St. George, Utah

Fox13Now.com reported that a 16-year-old boy had been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a kitten with a blow-dart gun. The cat was reportedly shot twice through the skull.

February 2014/Washington City, Utah

StGeorgeUtah.com reported that a teenage boy had been suspected of shooting a cat with a bow and arrow. The cat was reportedly found with an arrow shot through his face and coming out of his shoulder blade. He received veterinary care and survived the attack.