From the animal protection perspective, humane education is the long-term preventative strategy that will bring about a lasting, large-scale improvement in the quality of animals' lives.
It can be an effective - and relatively low cost - strategy for dealing with animal issues, as it tackles the root causes of cruelty and abuse.
However, its beneficial impacts can go much wider than this, ultimately to include the awakening of empathy and compassion, a deep understanding of the needs of animals, other people and the environment, as well as the development of individual feelings of responsibility and self-worth. All of these contribute to the creation of better citizens and an improved society.
Humane educators are important and innovative drivers of social change.
Humane Education can be defined as "a process that encourages an understanding of the need for compassion and respect for people, animals and the environment and recognizes the interdependence of all living things."
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