Humane Education

About Humane Education

Humane education is an approach to teaching that inspires kindness to animals, people and the environment – every living thing. Humane education incorporates students’ relationships with other species and the earth we share, thus providing a unique point of reference for reflection on one’s place in the world.

The idea that encouraging kindness to animals will result in more kindness to people has been the underlying philosophy of the humane education movement for close to 150 years. It has long been recognized by SPCAs and Humane Societies across the continent, many of which originally had the mandate of protecting both animals and children.

Any teacher can easily practice humane education. By using animal welfare examples, stories and lessons within the existing curriculum you can add an extra dimension to your teaching. Our website for teachers provides ideas and activities to integrate humane education into their teaching and is connected to Alberta Education’s Program of Studies, however, concepts can also be used by teachers in other jurisdictions.

Information & Resources for Teachers

Everylivingthing
website

Visit the Alberta SPCA's website for teachers.

CTS Courses

Resources for several animal-related Career and Technology Studies (CTS) high school courses.

Humane Education Features

Stories about our Education department, programs and the work we do.

Contact Education Department

Do you have a question about our Education programs? Give us a call or send us an email.

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