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Jane Goodall’s Good News for All

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 20, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Websites

A project of the Jane Goodall Institute, this blog highlights some of the positive advances being made to help protect wildlife and the actions we humans can take to make a positive difference. More

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What Messages Are We Modeling?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on July 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw A 2015 Gallup poll shows that a third of Americans “want animals to have the same rights as people.” Other polls show that a strong majority of people in the U.S. believe… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Pick Up Others’ Trash

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The last couple of years, I’ve made a point of picking up at least one piece of trash a day from a street or parking lot. Since trash abounds, I readily exceed… More

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How to Help Animals in Hot Cars

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Every summer we read about multiple tragedies of animals (usually dogs) dying because they were left in hot cars. Just last week a police dog in Georgia and another in Texas died… More

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Widening Our Circle of Compassion: An Interview With Animal Rights Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on June 20, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Jo-Anne McArthur’s love of animals began when she was a child. She says, “The neighbour had a backyard dog who didn’t live a very exciting life so I would take him for walks, despite his… More

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The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

by Jenny Brown

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 13, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Health, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

In The Lucky Ones (227 pages) Jenny Brown writes with humor and honesty, allowing us to accompany her on her journey from child cancer survivor to McDonald’s employee, to TV producer, to animal rights advocate… More

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Maintaining Hope Amidst Atrocity: The Humane Educator’s Paradox

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on June 13, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil It’s painful to learn about the terrible injustices and cruelties in the world. Sometimes, the more we know, the more hopeless we become. Even when we also learn about the great courage,… More

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Engage Others in “Coming Back to Life”

Written by Lauren Allison | No Comments | Published on June 9, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison At times, our work as humane educators can seem challenging. Dealing with the issues of the world can bring about intense emotions and even feelings of hopelessness. “Coming Back to Life: The… More

¿Por Qué Estamos Aquí?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 6, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Spanish

¿Cuál es nuestro propósito en la Tierra? ¿Qué podemos hacer respecto a los problemas del mundo? En esta actividad se discuten dos cortometrajes para ayudar a los estudiantes a explorar estos temas tan importantes. Recomendado… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Do Something Good That Scares You

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on May 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (Christopher Robin to Pooh) ~ A.A. Milne Last week I did… More