Creating a Compassionate Curriculum
Local humane societies frequently offer humane education programs and often have regional associations of humane educators who focus primarily on companion animal issues. Contact your local SPCA or humane society to get involved. In addition, numerous organizations can provide educational materials, which are often age-specific. Here’s a partial listing of resources to get you started on becoming a humane educator:
American Humane Association
63 Inverness Dr. E., Englewood, CO 80112-5117; (303) 792-9900
Organizes a national conference on humane education issues.
801 Old York Rd., Ste. 204, Jenkintown, PA 19046; (800) 729-2287
A division of the American Anti-Vivisection Society, it features materials about dissection and vivisection.
Ethical Science and Education Coalition
333 Washington St., Ste. 850, Boston, MA 02108; (617) 367-9143
Associated with the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, it features books, videos, and computer programs on dissection alternatives.
The Fund for Animals
8121 Georgia Ave., Ste. 301, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 585-2591
Produces classroom newspaper and materials on a variety of animal topics (also available in Spanish).
Humane Education Committee
P.O. Box 445, Gracie Station, New York, NY 10028; (212) 410-3095
Works with the United Federation of Teachers and distributes a newsletter for teachers.
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St. N.W., Washington, DC 20037; (202) 452-1100
Operates a free, extensive materials loan program for alternatives to classroom dissection and animal experimentation.
International Institute for Global Education
Ontario Institute for Studies In Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada; (416) 923-6641
Offers graduate degree programs in humane education.
Jane Goodall Institute
P.O. Box 14890, Silver Spring, MD 20911-4890; (301) 565-0086
“Roots & Shoots” program enables children from preschool age to the university level to develop local projects for environmental and animal concern.
National Association for Humane and Environmental Education
P.O. Box 362, East Haddam, CT 06423-0362; (860) 434-8666
Part of The Humane Society of the United States, it distributes a monthly newspaper to elementary school students.
National Anti-Vivisection Society
53 W. Jackson, Ste. 1552, Chicago, IL 60604; (800) 922-FROG
Offers informational packets to educators and a dissection hotline for students.
P.O. Box 643221, Chicago, IL 60664-3221; (773) 925-1277
A nationwide network of humane educators.
The Video Project
200 Estates Drive, Ben Lomond, CA 95005; (800)-4-PLANET
“The Nation’s Non-Profit Source Of Educational Media For a Safe and Sustainable World”
Other Useful Links
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Animal Protection Institute
The Animals’ Agenda
Feminists for Animal Rights
In Defense of Animals
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Last Chance for Animals
Progressive Animal Welfare Society
Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
World Society for the Protection of Animals
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Animal Reform Movement
Humane Farming Association
United Poultry Concerns
Animal Testing and Research
American Anti-Vivisection Society
Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights
Medical Research Modernization Committee
National Association for Biomedical Research
New England Anti-Vivisection Society
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Cultural and Consumer Issues
Center for Media Education
Center for the New American Dream
Center for Science in the Public Interest
New Road Map Foundation
The Simple Living Network
UNPLUG: The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education
Zero Population Growth
Education and Dissection Alternatives
The Latham Foundation
The National Humane Education Society
Environmental, Wildlife, Hunting and Marine Issues
American Cetacean Society
Earth Island Institute
Mother Earth News
The Nature Conservancy
The Orion Society
Rain Forest Action Network
Sea Shepard Conservation Society
Children’s Defense Fund
Southern Poverty Law
The Great Ape Project
International Primate Protection League
Vegetarian and Vegan Diet and Nutrition
American Vegan Society
56 Dinshah Lane
Malaga, NJ 08328
North American Vegetarian Society
Physicians Committee for Reponsible Medicine
Vegetarian Resource Group