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Students Investigate California’s “Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act”

The “Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act” is a ballot initiative that will be part of California’s November election. If this act becomes a law, it will change the way cows, pigs, and chickens are confined on farms in California and will require pork, eggs, and veal that are sold in the state to meet these requirements as well.
The beauty of humane education is that it connects students to meaningful, real-world issues. One area that I’ve always found to be particularly engaging are animal issues. That is why this year, my colleague, Liz Walch, and I decided to have 3rd-6th grade students in our summer program in Chicago investigate this act and learn about the treatment of animals on farms.
We began the unit by teaching about animals’ social and emotional lives. Liz had experience volunteering at a farm sanctuary and shared her knowledge with the students. She used photos …

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