A teenager in Stanislaus County, California, has been arrested for felony cruelty to animals.
The arrest was prompted by video footage which allegedly shows him hurling a kitten into a large body of water.
Authorities have also reportedly arrested the person who filmed the incident, which is believed to have occurred about a year ago.
It’s not known whether the kitten survived.
The video, which was shared on Facebook, prompted animal rights charity PETA to urge schools in the area to implement humane education via its humane education division TeachKind.
TeachKind can send materials to schools, suggest lesson plans, and even host classroom presentations for students via Skype - all for free.
PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns, Marta Holmberg, said: "We’re facing a bullying epidemic, and when a teenager throws a kitten into the water while his friend films the abuse instead of stopping it, there’s cause for serious concern.
"TeachKind is urging schools to help prevent future acts of cruelty by teaching students to have respect for all living beings."
According to TeachKind, 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.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.Reuse this content
Maria is the Editor of Plant Based News. A former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers. She was previously the editor of Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.