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Humane Trends

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 6, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

“Humane Trends is a barometer of the status of animal protection in the United States. This study brings together a collection of 25 diverse indicators to assess the status and progress of animal well-being, providing… More

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly About Bullying Prevention in Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on May 8, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re fans of the pro-hero approach, rather than using an anti-bullying framework,  but given that most educational institutions still think and act in terms of anti-bullying, this recent study by the American Educational Research Association… More

Where Are All the Women & Girls? Report Shows Disheartening Picture of Female Characters in Movies and TV

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 27, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy Walt Stoneburner via Creative Commons. As humans, we pay a lot of attention to what we see around us — what we notice others doing — as it’s important to us to feel… More

HSUS Ranks Best, Worst States for Animal Protection Laws

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on November 19, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy of ventileit. As we as a society become more conscious of nonhuman animals as unique beings with feelings, needs, and interests, one result of our evolving relationship with them is an increase in… More

New Report Names Best, Worst U.S. States for Animal Protection Laws

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 27, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

It only takes a glance at the news to know we have a long way to go as a society in transforming our relationship with nonhuman animals. One area that deserves attention is legislation that… More

Don’t Even Think About It: Report Highlights Harms of School Commercialism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 15, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy Marshall-Wythe School of Law/flickr. Commercialism in schools is a hotly-contested topic. While many parents, educators & concerned citizens believe that the creeping influence of marketers and corporations is harmful to students, who are… More

First-of-its-Kind Report Offers Insight into Status of Animals in U.S.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 31, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

You’ve probably seen reports about how countries have scored in regard to each other in various areas, from rankings about education and economics to evaluations in narrower areas, like the Happy Planet Index or the… More

America’s “Food Sweatshops”: New Reports Find U.S. Food System Fraught with Injustice

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 1, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

If you’re concerned about the impact of your food choices on other people, there are two must-read (or at least skim) reports that have been published recently. The Southern Poverty Law Center has published Injustice… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: U.S. Food Desert Map

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 7, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

Many of us give little thought to how easy it is to hop in our cars and motor down to the grocery store for our food. Not everyone in the U.S. is fortunate enough to… More

Poll Reveals Youth “Readiness” for the Future

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 3, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

How ready do America’s youth feel for the future? What level of hope and engagement do they have? What sense of wellbeing? According to a recent Gallup poll (pdf), more than 1/3 of the students… More