Want to Change Your Community? Here’s How to Start

Written by Tiffany Rose

Whether it’s a story about a cow who gladly provides farmers with milk or a worksheet that depicts a smiling dolphin who balances a ball on his nose, when my 8-year-old son brings home schoolwork that has anything to do with animals, nine times out of 10, their reality is grossly misrepresented. Even progressive schools like his need help with promoting kindness and compassion for animals!

You don’t need to have children in order to care about what’s being taught in schools. Teaching empathy for animals not only helps them but also lessens the likelihood that kids will grow up to be cruel to other humans.

Here are some ways that you can help make a difference in the lives of animals by promoting humane education in your community:

If you’re a parent, you can do all the above as well as the following:

  • Speak to your child’s teacher or principal and share your knowledge about the epidemic of violence by young people against animals and character-education laws. Discuss how helping animals should be part of the school’s program to build character in students.
  • Help get an animal rights club started at the school (ask one of your child’s teachers to be the adviser) and sponsor one of its events. (You can also provide vegan snacks.)
  • Influence local decision-makers by contacting your child’s teacher and administrators and urging them to replace animal dissection. If your state has a dissection-choice policy that requires teachers to offer humane alternatives, you can make sure that your community’s schools are in compliance with it.

Looking for more ways to get involved with humane education?

Are you a parent? Have your kids check out peta2 or PETA Kids.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind