WHAT IS HUMANE EDUCATION?
Humane Education is a form of character education that fosters respect, compassion, empathy and the responsibility toward all human beings, animals and the environment.
Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals understands the value of Humane Education in schools and has developed a program that carries out its mission as well as that of New York State Education Law (Article 17, Section 809) which requires elementary students be taught about humane treatment of animals.
ANIMAL CRUELTY AND VIOLENCE TOWARDS PEOPLE
There has been an abundance of research connecting animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. The form in which children care for and respect animals will mirror the way they treat their peers and the people they encounter in their adult lives. Because more and more adolescents are partaking in acts of violence, from hate crimes to gang violence, the need for Humane Education has become an essential part of the New York State School System.
Nassau County SPCA strongly believes in the long-term effects its Humane Education Program will have on the next generation. The program is a valuable investment, instilling compassion, respect and a sense of responsibility for all living things.
NASSAU COUNTY SPCA HUMANE EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Nassau County SPCA’s Humane Education Program will educate youth on the importance of having compassion and respect for all living things. Focusing on animal care and rights, students will acquire an understanding on the proper treatment of all animals and the standards in which to hold their community to. The lesson plan starts with the idea of treating animals as you would want to be treated and how to carry that model into human relationships. The program concentrates on animal’s needs and challenges, highlighting matters such as over population, animal hoarding, puppy mills and the responsibility the community has in regard to animal welfare. Children will learn how they can be part of the solution by being active members of their community through volunteering, donating, adopting and spreading awareness.