What triggers cruelty?

What triggers cruelty?

This is a good activity to do before you look at the young person┬┐s own incident. It allows him or her to investigate some of the triggers of animal cruelty in a non-judgmental, objective way.

In this activity, young people investigate what types of feelings or events might trigger an animal cruelty incident. They think about how these might be managed to prevent one from happening in the future. 

Young people will develop the understanding that:

  • there is a range of events, feelings and emotions that may trigger an animal cruelty incident
  • there are ways to manage strong negative feelings

Number of participants: You can run this activity with just one person, or in a small group.

How long it will take: The activity will take 20 to 60 minutes.


Download the full facilitation guide: What triggers cruelty (Word 5MB)


Included in this guide:

  • Activity sheets
  • Facilitators' notes