In my opinion, the primary aim of Humane Education is to teach children, students from grades K - 12 (incrementally, according to their age and attention spans) not only how to be kind, compassionate and caring towards animals, not only how to properly care for a pet, but also the responsibilities of Spay Neuter which can help put an end to the terrible animal over-population population, how to recognize and report animal abuse, and how their stewardship to animals entails Responsibility, Knowledge and Accountability for their actions, as children, and as the responsible compassionate adults they should become.

Children who are educated in this way not only become one of the best friends a non-human animal could ever have, but they become aware of the fact that we human animals who share this planet with many other living species have a reponsibility and a duty to grant those species the same rights to a peaceful and safe existence that we humans want for ourselves:

- Freedom from harm,
- the right to live a life in the environment best suited for them (and not confined to a cage, wallowing in   their own excrement),
- eating the most natural foods best suited for their systems -
- and, in the case of farm animals raised for food, the right to a life free from stress and the right to end   their lives in a humane fashion.

They learn about laboratory animals, the sometimes very cruel and very painful experiments that many animals needlessly undergo, and the rights these animals so badly need. These animals too often scream in vain -- it's time their screams were heard and they were compassionately tended to.

They learn about Puppy and Kitten mills, as well as the Cat and Dog fur and food industries and markets, and the terrible conditions in which these animals and their babies are forced to breed and live in over and over again, until they die.

In short, they learn how THEY can make a huge difference by showing Compassion and Kindness and Responsible Stewardship to those less fortunate beings in this world.

In addition, Humane Education not only teaches us kindness towards and proper care of animals, but it teaches proper Stewardship of the Earth's resources -- the land, the trees, the air, the water -- resources that we animals and Mother Earth so badly need -- resources which are being polluted, poisoned and trashed more and more every day.

In the past, I had always hoped for a program that would teach children from K-12 about their responsibilites towards animals. Having seen the proliferation of so many new and upcoming Humane Education programs, I can see that my wish was not a solitary one -- and it has been implemented by many caring people, many of whom volunteer their time and energies to help make this world a better place for ALL living things -- for we -- all living beings on Mother Earth -- are connected, and what we do to any species is felt by all of us. Kindness, Compassion, Caring -- benefit ALL of us.
Visit these Humane Education websites for great Information:

TEACHKIND.ORG     http://www.teachkind.org/humaneEducation.asp

"TeachKind offers free Humane Education naterials and policy resources for K-12 Educators, AND College Educators. TeachKind has assembled dozens of free lessons that you can download or print right off your computer.

Information For...
Students (Ages 5-12)
Students (Ages 13-adult)
Secondary Educators 
Primary Educators 
College Professors

HUMANE EDUCATION PROGRAMS: http://www.humaneedu.com/humeduprog.html

"The mission of Humane Education Programs:
- Educate children and adults on the responsibilities necessary to ensure the welfare of companion animals and wildlife.
- Share the opinions of animal and civil rights organizations in a non-threatening manner.
- Encourage free thought and the development of personal values in regards to issues of importance within the field of humane education.
- Have students act as ambassadors, sharing the need for humane treatment of animals with family and friends in the community.
- This mission is accomplished through the teaching of humane education programs in schools and to community organizations. Programs provide students with non-bias information, the tools to form decisions, and the facts to encourage action. We recognize all forms of life as important and encourage individual decision making and action.

The rationale behind this mission is as follows:

- If students are told what to think they all too often listen and agree. A students mind can then easily be  changed by the words of another saying the opposite. However, when students are taught to think   independently and form personal perspective, students develop solid values which become part of them. For this reason it is necessary to teach non-bias information and allow the facts to influence students the same way the facts have influenced thousands of volunteers to become involved in the cause of humane education.

- Humane Education Programs rely entirely on the work of volunteers and donations. It is with great  appreciation that we accept service and financial support from local schools and organizations.

'Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has'. - Margaret Mead, American Anthropologist"

The National Humane Education Societyhttp://nhes.org/

"Our mission is to foster a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults."
    "In 1963, Alice Morgan Wright wrote twelve simple principles to guide the humane care of animals. These principles have been the guiding light and fundamental underpinning of The National Humane Education Society

12 NHES Principles

To oppose cruelty in all its forms

To strive for an end to bullfighting, rodeo and all cruel sports wherever performed and wherever represented as art or as entertainment

To strive to abolish cruel trapping. To discourage hunting, especially as a sport

To oppose all poisoning of wildlife.

To protect and conserve wildlife for its own sake and not as a resource for Man's exploitation

To aid or initiate programs for slaughter reform

To teach humane handling and care of work animals and food animals

To advance programs for the humane sterilization of cats and dogs in order to reduce their overpopulation

To provide for the rescue, housing and feeding of lost, stray or abandoned animals, until suitable homes are found

To urge that when it is necessary to put any tame animal to death, unless some better method of euthanasia is available, it be so arranged that the animal be held in the arms of some human friend while it is being given a painless, preliminary anesthetic, to be stroked and comforted with reassuring words until it loses consciousness, after which the lethal agent should be quickly administered

To recognize in animals their capacity for friendship and their need of friends. To befriend all Earth's creatures, of the land, the sea and the air; to defend them against ravages by mankind, and to inspire in human beings compassion for all."

The National Humane Education Society has an exciting offer for communities in New York, Washington, D.C. and California!! NHES is currently offering free humane education presentations for schools in your area!

One style of program that has received high acclaim features life-size puppet characters in an assembly-style show. Each program is tailored to fit the needs of the individual school or classroom and emphasizes responsibility and kindness.

If you would like to schedule a school program, please contact our Education Department by clicking this link: Education.
EMAIL US AT: education@nhes.org



"The International Institute for Humane Education is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to creating a humane world through humane education.

Write to us: P.O. Box 260, Surry, ME 04614

Phone/Fax: (207) 667-1025

Email: info@IIHEd.org

IIHE is headquartered in Surry, ME where it has the use of a beautiful facility situated on 28 oceanfront acres overlooking the mountains of Acadia National Park. The grounds include an organic garden, a beautiful wooded trail, and a pebble beach where seals, eagles, loons and osprey are frequently seen.


The International Institute for Humane Education:
   - Has been training humane educators and promoting comprehensive humane education since 1996.
   -Created the first humane education training and certificate program in the U.S.
   - Assisted Cambridge College in offering the first M.Ed. in humane education in the U.S.
   - Hosted the first comprehensive International Humane Education Symposium.
   - Has trained hundreds of humane educators reaching thousands of students.
   - Has reached people and communities worldwide through our distance-learning certificate and degree programs,  workshops, presentations, publications and website.

'Humane education offers real hope for the new century.'
- David Selby, Ph.D., Canada
Director, International Institute for Global Education

Humane education -  turning compassion into action

Humane education examines the challenges facing our planet, from human oppression and animal exploitation to materialism and ecological degradation. It explores how we might live with compassion and respect for everyone: not just our friends and neighbors, but all people; not just our own dogs and cats, but all animals; not just our own homes, but also the earth itself, our ultimate home. Humane educators inspire people to live examined, intentional lives so that what they do today helps the planet, animals and all people tomorrow. "


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