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
Through our humane education program, the Nassau County SPCA strives to help children develop empathy and a sense of justice, and increase their understanding of personal responsibility for animals. The Nassau County SPCA believes that by encouraging critical thinking in children, we can help them develop a system of self-initiated humane ethics so they may be able to determine appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
The Nassau County SPCA Humane Education Program is BOCES accepted. At this time the program is offered to elementary school children, grades 3 and 4. To learn more about the program or request this program for your school please visit: