Animal-Free Classrooms? PETA’s Hopes for Education in the Age of COVID-19

This fall, PETA hopes students returning to the classroom will find one thing missing: animals. Here’s why we must reshape and rethink education.

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Animals in Danger of Being Left Behind Amid COVID-19 School Closings

As students and teachers head home to avoid spreading the highly contagious coronavirus, classroom “pets” and other animals housed on campus may go weeks without care.

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These Comments About Betta Fish in the Classroom Show Why They Should Never Be Used as Class ‘Pets’

Betta fish are sensitive, complex beings—not teaching tools or classroom props.

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Students Speak Up for Betta Fish: A Lesson in Citizenship and Social Justice

It’s easy to incorporate compassion for animals into your curriculum. Just take this kind teacher’s word for it!

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Why Fish Make Sad Classroom ‘Pets’

A tank can never rival a fish’s natural habitat—and they don’t belong in your classroom.

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These Comments About Class ‘Pets’ Show That Animals Don’t Belong in a Classroom

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There’s no excuse for putting an animal at risk.

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Compassionate Classroom Routines

Be prepared for whatever the school day throws at you with these kind practices.

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How to Teach About Animals and Responsibility Without Class ‘Pets’

There are so many ways to teach students about responsibility and animal care WITHOUT keeping live animals in your classroom. Check out the alternatives!

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The Dangers of Bringing Reptiles and Amphibians Into Your Classroom

Children becoming ill, animals suffering, and more. No kind teacher wants this.

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Considering Doing a Chick-Hatching Project? Please Don’t.

For educational value, chick-hatching projects miss the mark. Here’s what to do if your school is planning one.

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Live Hermit Crabs’ Shells Crushed, Hundreds Dead at Pet Trade Supplier

Here’s yet another reason why hermit crabs should never be used as classroom “pets.”

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What’s the Problem With Classroom ‘Pets’?

Thinking about getting a classroom “pet”? Think again. Find out why the classroom is NOT a good place for animals.

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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