Teacher’s Slaughter of Rabbit in Class Prompts PETA Action

PETA's Humane Education Division Calls On School to Teach Students Empathy

For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Boise, Idaho – When news hit that a high school teacher in Nampa allegedly killed and skinned a rabbit in front of a classroom of students for an unauthorized demonstration about animal agriculture, TeachKind—PETA’s humane education division—fired off a letter to the school principal calling for the implementation of humane education–based lessons. TeachKind also offered to send teachers copies of “Glass Walls” on DVD—which includes footage of animals slaughtered for food—and give Skype presentations on the food industry to students interested in learning about where most meat comes from.

“With youth violence so prevalent in schools today, no educator should ever endorse or promote the killing of a living being, let alone snap an animal’s neck, skin him or her, and chop the body up in class,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “PETA and TeachKind are calling on school administrators to take their responsibility to teach students empathy and compassion seriously.”

For more information, please visit TeachKind.org.

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