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 abuse.
The aim of Humane Education is to create a culture of empathy and caring by stimulating the moral development of individuals to form a compassionate, responsible and just society. It is a means of introducing children to the reactions and emotions of animals, as well as linking this to an understanding of environmental issues and ecosystems.
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 recognises the interdependence of all living things."