Past News Items


HEART Celebrates National Youth Service Day
HEART, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York CityBruised Not Broken and the ASPCA are teaming up to celebrate National Youth Service Day. Bigs and Littles will learn about important issues that affect animals, interact with an adorable, rescued, special needs pit bull who is a therapy dog, make toys for shelter animals, and have a Q&A with a Humane Law Enforcement Agent from the ASPCA. Check out the flier! Please note: This event isn’t available to the general public.

Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference
March 16th, 8:30 – 9:45 am
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to HEART’s curricula for K-12 and learn how to teach students about important human rights, animal protection, and environmental preservation issues. For full details click here.

Video: Stockton School Has HEART
Thanks to volunteer Chuck Stepner, HEART has a new video showing student testimonials from the youth and teachers at Stockton School in Chicago. Watch them talk about their experience with humane education learning about human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. Check it out!

2011 Newsletter
Check out HEART’s 2011 fall newsletter and read all about our first summer camp, new teacher training initiatives and exciting partnerships.

A Case for Humane Education
HEART instructor Tim Donahue writes “A Case for Humane Education” for Independent Teacher magazine.

Zoe Weil Gives Humane Education Talk at TEDx Conference
Zoe Weil, HEART board member and President of the Institute for Humane Education, delivers an inspiring talk to TEDx conference. View it here.

2010 Annual Report
HEART’s 2010 annual report is available for viewing. Click here to see the latest news on HEART’s programs.

Caring Kids at Animal Haven – NYC
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 & Nov 4, 11
HEART has teamed up with Animal Haven for the Caring Kids Program. For six Fridays this fall the Caring Kids Program will introduce children and teens to basic animal care and inform them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through hands-on activities with the cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely, as they make a noticeable impact on the lives of the animals they encounter. Check out this article in the NY Daily News about this program and sign up here.

MOGO Workshop – New York, NY
Saturday October 29th from 8:30am – 5pm
Institute for Humane Education (IHE) and the Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) are hosting a day-long MOGO (Most Good) Workshop, led by Zoe Weil, IHE’s president and co-founder. The MOGO workshop helps you to put your values, concerns and passions into action to make a difference for others (people, animals, and the environment) while simultaneously cultivating a more meaningful and joyful life. To register, click here.

Envisioning the Future: Crystal Ball NYC
Sunday October 30th from 7pm – 9:30pm
Join the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) at Jivamuktea Cafe for Envisioning the Future: Crystal Ball NYC, an inspirational evening to celebrate IHE and how it has helped hundreds of thousands of people take action to create a more humane, just and healthy world. Part of the Institute’s 15th anniversary, Crystal Ball NYC will feature IHE’s visionary leader and award winning author, Zoe Weil, as well as Institute graduates, and will include presentations, activities, music, sumptuous vegan appetizers, desserts, a silent auction and more. For more information, click here.

We HEART Beer Fundraising Event – Chicago, IL
Sunday October 9th from 2pm – 6pm
Join HEART at Hopleaf Bar for drinks, fun and to raise funds for a great cause. The event will benefit HEART’s work to educate Chicago youth about human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. Tickets for the event are $10 for pre-sale and $15 at the door, or for VIP tickets $20 for pre-sale and $25 at the door. Click here to find more and to register.

Online Course: Six-week course “Teaching for a Positive Future”
July 11 – Aug 19 or Oct 17 – Dec 2
A six-week online course for educators who want to inspire their students to become leaders and changemakers for a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Humane Education Workshop for Lawyers – Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, September 17th
Compassion Over Killing will be hosting a free workshop by Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) in collaboration with the American Bar Association, to train lawyers and law students to teach a four lesson humane education program for elementary school children in 4th and 5th grades. Click here to learn how to register.

Humane Education Workshop for Activists – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, September 18th
Join COK for a free workshop lead by Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) to train activists on how to bring a message of compassion to elementary school classrooms as part of the Humane Education Project, a groundbreaking program that has been embraced by students, teachers, administrators, elected officials and parents alike. Click here to learn how to register.

Free HEART Webinar with PetSmart Charities
August 26th at 12:30 EST
In this presentation, participants will learn about HEART’s unique approach to humane education and gain the necessary skills to develop or expand their own programs. PetSmart Charities provides free, live and recorded Web-based seminars (or webinars) to help animal welfare organizations and individuals learn more about animal-related topics. Click here for more information on HEART’s upcoming webinar.

Animal Law Conference – New York City

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 8:15 am – 4:40 pm
This conference is designed for attorneys, animal interest groups, animal rescue groups, and anyone with an interest in helping animals, gain a basic understanding of the various laws that affect animals. HEART’s executive director Meena Alagappan will be one of the speakers. Click here to register.

Fall 2010 Newsletter
Click here to read our latest newsletter.

Humane Education P-Course
The UFT Humane Education Committee and HEART will offer a 36-hour After School Professional Development (ASPDP) P-course for grades K – 5 teachers on six Saturdays in the Spring 2011 semester. Learn to enhance student science and literacy skills while increasing knowledge of humane topics including companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals, humane literature, environmental issues and human rights.

2009 Annual Report
HEART’s 2009 annual report is available for viewing. Click here to see the latest news on HEART’s programs.

HEART to Present on Humane Education at WNET 2011 Professional Development Conference

On March 18th HEART will be conducting a humane education workshop at the WNET 2011 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference to be held at the Hilton Hotel in NYC.

Sign up for HEART’s 2010 P-Course
HEART, in conjunction with the UFT Humane Education Committee, will offer a 30-hour After School Professional Development (ASPDP) P-course for grades K – 5 teachers on six Saturdays in the Fall 2010 semester beginning Sept 25 and ending Dec 4, 2010. Click here for details.

Humane Education Training with CoPAL in Boston-June 26, 2010
HEART will be offering a day-long workshop for educators, parents, animal lovers, CoPAL (Coalition to Protect Animals Locally) volunteers, and other concerned citizens in the Boston area to train them to teach humane education classes to elementary school students. To register for this free workshop, contact

The Ethic Project to Combine with HEART in Chicago
HEART announces the addition of The Ethic Project to our program offering in Chicago. The Ethic Project is a violence prevention and intervention initiative first established in early 2009. The Ethic Project’s focus is on project based activities which empower students by helping them understand they can create positive change in the world.

American Bar Association-HEART Humane Education Project in Chicago-March 6th, 2010
HEART will be conducting a day-long humane education workshop in Chicago to train volunteer attorneys and law students to teach our 4-lesson program on animal welfare and environmental protection issues to local 4th and 5th grade students.

New York State Democratic Committee Humane Education Resolution
On May 31, 2009, the NYS Democratic Committee adopted a resolution urging compliance with the state humane education law, recognizing HEART for its service in teaching humane education. Click here to read the resolution.