PETA Stresses Need to Teach Anti-Bullying and Compassion in the Classroom—for Whole Community's Sake
For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2016
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Princess Anne, Md. – Following reports that two juveniles have been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly throwing two kittens against a dumpster and trying to drown them in Somerset County, TeachKind—PETA’s humane-education division—sent letters this morning to Somerset County Public Schools urging officials to implement humane education in the classroom and offering free copies of its “Bullies Are Just Cowards: Report Abuse When You See It!” poster.
TeachKind and PETA—whose mottos read, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—have also asked the district superintendent to add a prohibition on cruelty to animals to the district’s policies and to ensure that students know there are serious consequences for hurting animals.
“If these kids tried to bash and drown two helpless kittens to death, there’s a dangerous lack of empathy at work,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “This country is facing a bullying epidemic, so TeachKind is calling on schools to teach students to practice kindness to animals and speak up when they see cruelty, no matter who the victim is.”
TeachKind notes that according to leading mental-health professionals and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to the community at large. TeachKind’s staff is available to send materials to schools, suggest lesson plans, and even host classroom presentations for students via Skype—all for free.
TeachKind’s letters are available upon request. For more information, please visit TeachKind.org.