This petition is dedicated to the kitten lovingly named 'Little Heart', who was savagely beaten and nearly stabbed in Virginia by a 12 year old boy. Another child intervened in time to knock the blade from the 12 year olds hands, sparing the kitten from even more unspeakable torture. The kitten suffered a broken leg, and has since passed on. As of 06/03/2011, it is unclear whether or not the horrific abuse bestowed upon the kitten contributed to it's death. As of right now, the child has only been charged with one misdemeanor count of cruelty.
Sadly, this sort of case happens more often that we think. Adults are not taking enough time to educate their children of the wrongs of Animal Cruelty. I say that schools should be required to have an annual 'Animal Appreciation week', where the children learn more about animals and animal welfare. There should also be a focus on educating them about the wrongs of Animal Cruelty, and teach them how they can help animals instead of hurt them.
One of my suggestions for an idea would include learning about how animals help people, such as therapy dogs, police dogs, guide dogs, etc.
I believe that by working to educate today's youth, we are helping to prevent violent crimes in the future. We are not only helping to prevent cruelty to animals, but cruelty to other human beings. It has been proven that many children who commit cruel acts on animals later commit cruel acts on other humans. Let's help stop the chain of violence before it starts! Let's help make a brighter tomorrow.
My goal is to see Animal Appreciation week in schools become required by all schools. But, even if one school VOLUNTEERS to have an Animal Appreciation week , that week could still save so many lives. Please sign this petition to help educate the children about animals and animal cruelty.