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Blog Entries Tagged as humane education

  • Sep
  • 19

Common Superstitions and Myths About Animals

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In my travels as a humane educator , I confront moldy myths, superstitions, and flat-out fallacies that, with a simple bit of deduction, prove to be utterly foolish. But these false notions persist, unfortunately, and can have deadly consequences for animals.

For instance, many people turning a companion animal into the shelter state, “I just had a baby, and …

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  • Aug
  • 15

Creating Compassionate Classrooms

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Think back to your favorite book as a child or the movie that had the character or message that stayed with you-and don’t forget your favorite nursery rhyme, fable, or cartoon. Odds are that there was an animal involved. Animals are masterful teachers, and their lessons usually begin in the cradle and, if we’re lucky, remain with us to the grave.

I was a …

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  • Jan
  • 16

Kindness is not a finite commodity

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The dog on the chain vibrated with excitement as the woman picked her way through the muddy, junk-strewn yard. She was only bringing a bale of straw to line the floor of the dog’s dilapidated doghouse , a small measure of comfort that would hopefully prevent the dog from freezing to death in the coming winter months. But for a dog who goes …

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  • Nov
  • 1

Inhumane Education?

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The word “education” typically produces a positive reaction inspired by warm memories of school. Humane education is an empathy-driven framework that complements all other educational models, expanding a child’s compassion toward all living beings, and it’s becoming more and more mainstream as parents and educators seek to raise kind children. However, lurking in the shadows of …

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  • Jul
  • 18

Augustus Club Member Maru Vigo Is a Winner!

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PETA Augustus Club member Maru Vigo teaches middle-school Spanish in Tucson, Arizona—and also animal rights. Because of the profound difference that she has made in her students’ lives and because she never passes up an opportunity to help animals, PETA has recently selected Vigo as a winner in our TeachKind Teacher Appreciation contest for grades six through 12. Vigo was chosen because she best …

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  • Apr
  • 5

Don’t Flush the Finned Ones

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When I was a kid, I stood in sad attendance at many a goldfish funeral. To their credit, my parents did attempt to acknowledge the passing of each little finned friend. But even as a youngster, I still felt something wasn’t right when we gathered around the toilet. There was an emptiness I was unable to define.The loss …

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  • Mar
  • 24

Cruelty to Animals = Bullying: A Contemporary Equation

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Most people will agree that cruelty perpetrated against animals is a horrible crime. Most would also agree that instances of bullying have increased in number, becoming an epidemic in our schools. In fact, according to Stomp Out Bullying—a national program for kids and teens dedicated to stopping this violence—”Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students of …

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