As sad as it may be, many kids and teens are involoved in acts of animal cruelty. Reasons for this may be that it makes them seem tough, they're depressed or upset, or peer pressure. Studies show that children who abuse animals are more likely to grow up as people who harm other human beings. In my opinion, a life is a life, no matter what the species is. Awareness should be raised about this issue and parents and guardians should teach their children at a young ageto respect other living creatures. I am currently working to establish a club for humane education for children ages eight to seventeen. The club (called Kids Against Animal Cruelty) will focus on helping the local humane organization and learning about animal cruelty. I, myself, am fourteen years old.

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