What is Humane Education?
Humane education teaches people how to accept and fulfill their responsibilities to companion animals, such as cats and dogs, and all forms of animal life. It explains the consequences of irresponsible behavior and encourages people to see the value of all living things.
Over the past few decades, our society has become increasingly aware of the connections between animal abuse and violence against people. Therefore, the need to promote kindness and empathy through effective humane education in our communities is greater than ever. Furthermore, encouraging a deeper consideration of the humane choices available to us in our daily lives will lessen animal suffering and create a more peaceful world.
With the right knowledge and resources, anyone can become a humane educator. Many humane educators work on a volunteer basis, often in partership with a local animal shelter. Other humane educators represent animal welfare charities. School teachers, camp counselors, scout leaders, and even parents can include humane learning in their own classrooms, groups, and at home.
An effective program encompasses:
Sound educational methods
Clear goals and objectives
An atmosphere of openness and acceptance
Opportunities for critical thinking