WHAT IS HUMANE EDUCATION?
Humane education involves far more than the teaching of
simple animal-related content. It is a process through
Assist children in developing compassion, a sense of
justice, and a respect for the value of all living
Provide the knowledge and understanding necessary for
children to behave according to these principles.
Foster a sense of responsibility on the part of children
to affirm and act upon their personal beliefs.
From: People & Animals: A Humane Education Curriculum
WHY TEACH HUMANE EDUCATION?
Teaches about something that all kids love÷animals
Uses animals as motivational tool to teach other
many people own pets at some point in their lives
issues affect everyone÷what you eat, wear, do, etc.
Studies show that many criminals who have committed
violent crimes against people were animal abusers as
STATEMENT BY THE 1933 NATIONAL P.T.A. CONGRESS
Children are trained to extend justice, kindness, and
mercy to animals become more just, kind, and considerate
in their relations with each other. Character training
along these lines will result in men and women of
broader sympathies, more humane, law-abiding÷in every
respect more valuable citizens. Humane education is
teaching in the schools and colleges of the nation the
principles of justice, goodwill, and humanity toward all
ife. The cultivation of the spirit of kindness to
animals is but the starting point towards that larger
humanity which includes oneâs fellow of every race and
clime. A generation of people trained in these
principles will solve their difficulties as neighbors
and not as enemies.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE 44806
Teaching of Kindness to Pets, Humane Treatment, etc.,
Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of
the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice,
patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights,
duties, and dignity of American citizenship, including
kindness toward domestic pets and the humane treatment
of living creatures, to teach them to avoid idleness,
profanity, and falsehood, and to instruct them in
manners and morals and the principles of free
(Last amended 1965: renumbered 1977.)
BENEFITS OF HUMANE EDUCATION
To the Student
Makes academics relevant to their world
Uses common experiences familiar to student
Teaches important concepts and values
To the Teacher
Highly motivating for students
Teachers enjoy using materials
To the Animals
Respected for their sentient being
Needs met (taken care of properly)
Have an advocate for their rights
IT HURTS TO BE IGNORED BY YOUR FAMILY
How would you feel if you were
Locked in a garage by yourself for most of the day or
Forced to stay in your yard alone day after day?
Able to listen to voices and activity all around you,
yet isolated from everything that is happening?
Most likely you would feel lonely, sad, and frustrated.
Welcome to the life of the BACKYARD DOG!!
Dogs originated from wild dogs or wolves, both of which
are social, family-pack animals. Is it any wonder, then,
that the backyard dog howls, barks and whines when
forced to live all alone?
Make your dog part of your "Family Pack".
Responsible pet ownership includes companionship
How to live "Happily Ever After" with your dog
Obedience train your dog.
An untrained dog can be a neighborhood pest
Obedience training can save your dogâs life in a
A well-trained dog is a joy to have as part of the
Have your dog spayed or neutered.
Neutering reduces the urge to roam and fight,
discourages annoying habits like dogs mounting peopleâs
legs, prevents uterine and prostate cancer, and makes
happier, healthier companions who live longer.
Play with your dog.
Behavior problems such as chewing usually happen when a
dog is bored
Dogs need daily exercise
Dogs are pack animals and need to be part of your
Pet your dog.
Stroking your dog lowers your blood pressure and heart
Dogs are social creatures who respond to love with love
Groom your dog.
Brush and comb your dog regularly, check ears for
infection and trim toe nails
A healthy, well-groomed dog should have a shiny coat
The National Association for the Advancement of Humane
A Division of the Humane Society of the United States
Headquarters: The Norma Terris Humane Education Center
East Haddam, Connecticut 06423
BASIC PET CARE AND LAWS
You must provide nutritional food, water, shelter and
proper medical attention for your animal(s).
All dogs over four months old must have a current
license and be vaccinated against rabies.
If you must confine your animal to a lead, it must be
confined so it will not become tangled with any object
or cause a dangerous situation for the animal. In
addition, the lead must be long enough to provide room
for exercise. The lead must allow the animal to reach
shelter, food, and water. Food and water must be in
containers which cannot be tipped over.
Do not confine your animal(s) inside an unattended
vehicle without good ventilation or on days when the
animal(s) will be too hot or too cold. Hot and cold
weather can be harmful to animals left unattended in
vehicles. The temperature in a car can reach 102 degrees
in just ten minutes.
Animals carried in a car or truck must be safely
enclosed within the vehicle or protected by a secured
cage or harness to prevent the animal from falling,
jumping or being thrown from the car or truck.
If you injure an animal with your vehicle, you are
required to stop. You are also required to notify law
enforcement authorities and attempt to contact the owner
of the animal.
Developed by Contra Costa Humane Society
ANIMAL RIGHTS/KIDS RIGHTS
BY BEVERLY LOWE
Although we approach humane education differently, we
all have a common concern-to arouse the sensitivity and
address the concerns of children.
As educators we are all diverse and the kids are very
diverse. There is no average second grade class. In San
Francisco 79% of the school population is non-white and
34% are limited English speaking. We need to be personal
and relevant to each group realizing that everyone
doesn't feel the same as us about animals. Socioeconomic
status does not have a major impact on the way kids
relate to animals. Students from the most well-endowed,
affluent districts are not necessarily more aware or
Entering a school with an animal is a leveling
experience. It gets attention and breaks up the
institutional setting. How we treat the kids is a key
issue. Explaining to a group of uninformed, excited kids
that we will leave if the animal doesn't enjoy his visit
enables them to relate to animals as smaller than them,
incarcerated and vulnerable. They equate their status to
the animal's and while they may not be able to
articulate it they realize that as a teacher, I have
authority over them.
We could potentially exploit children. It would be easy
to impose our values and concerns but if we try, we'll
lose them. We need to remember what it's like to be a
Art work submitted for the annual SF/SPCA poster contest
often expresses the deep emotional reactions of the
kids-they deserve a second look. Kids are already
inherently aware and concerned. They have the potential
to grow up differently with sensitivity and a chance to
develop their curiosity and thought processes.
There is a parallel between kids and animals as small,
vulnerable creatures without a lot of voice or status in
society. The more we understand kids, the better we will
be equipped to do this work.
It's shocking that animal cruelty laws preceded
legislation preventing child abuse. The child rights
movement began with the American SPCA in 1850 when a
battered child was protected by laws stating that "This
child is an animal too." In 1988, although the media has
increased awareness of the plight of children, child
welfare continues to be a fragmented and poorly funded
Kids understand their status on a fundamental level.
They feel safe around animals and safer with an adult
who is with an animal. We need to respect this trust and
be sensitive to the needs of our audience. A judgmental
attitude can make children feel guilty in situations
where they are powerless to alter things.