Humane Education

builds compassion toward animals, people, and natural world by providing students with the knowledge and tools to make more informed and socially responsible choices that counteract real-world problems.

Humane Education

builds compassion toward animals, people, and natural world by providing students with the knowledge and tools to make more informed and socially responsible choices that counteract real-world problems.

Humane education is crucial because it develops

essential values  and competencies for students:

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EMPATHY AND REVERENCE

Students learn how to understand the perspectives of other animals and people, and respect our natural world.

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CRITICAL THINKING

Students learn how to analyze pressing social issues and identify what can be done to address them.

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POSITIVE CHANGEMAKING

Students learn how to become agents for positive change and engaged members of their communities.

Humane education can be easily integrated into 

any subject and strengthen academic engagement:

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ENGLISH

Students can read humane literature and write letters to legislators about social justice issues affecting animals, people, and the environment.

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SCIENCE

Students can learn about climate change and its effects on all living beings and the planet, and use technology to explore the topic more deeply.

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ART

Students can create public service announcements on posters and through multimedia presentations.

Humane Education Impact

Humane education addresses the troubling and well documented fact that there is a link between violent acts towards animals and interpersonal violence.  HEART utilizes humane education to harness young people’s natural fascination and affinity with animals as a foundation for building social and emotional learning.  An assessment of HEART’s classroom instruction published in the academic journal Anthrozoös revealed that student participants developed not only more compassionate attitudes toward animals and the environment, according to their own self-reporting, but also exhibited more prosocial behaviors, as observed by their teacher.







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What if every classroom was full of young people who refused to turn a blind eye to injustices against people, animals, and our shared environment?

Meet Jacques.

With the guidance of HEART instructors, Jacques, age 14, led his Chicago class in organizing an anti-homophobia school assembly and panel discussion that included prominent members of the LGBT community. The students made it clear that their school was one where everyone was welcomed and accepted.

Jacques and his classmates didn't stop there. During a school trip to the Illinois capitol, the students lobbied for stricter animal protection laws. They spoke with state legislators about banning puppy mills, creating programs to stop dog fighting, and preventing farmers from cutting off the tails of cows on factory farms without anesthesia. Months later, legislators were still talking about the visit.

The world needs an entire generation of people like Jacques.  We believe this world is possible.

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