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Animal Sentience, Emotions and Intelligence: Our Newest Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In 2012 an international group of prominent scientists signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which asserts that many species of nonhuman animals are conscious and aware, some to the degree that humans are. Recently Scientific… More

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The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 26, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, Arts, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Language Arts, Middle School, Resources

This book is narrated by Ivan, a gorilla who was captured as a baby in Africa and has lived much of his life in a mall, a living exhibit for humans to gape at through… More

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Humane Education Activity: Alien in the Ethical Universe

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 24, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

If aliens came down to Earth and observed how we humans treat others (humans and nonhuman animals), what would they notice? What inconsistencies would they find? What differences between what we say is so and… More

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Web Spotlight: Understanding Prejudice

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on April 12, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As much as we want to believe otherwise, prejudice is still a significant element of society. And many of us who would claim to be completely unprejudiced have biases that we may not even be… More

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Social Justice & Education Conferences Seek Proposals

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 9, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Education conferences offer a terrific opportunity to connect with other teachers passionate about the power of education as a key to positive social change and to nurturing solutionaries. Conferences also give humane educators a chance… More

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When Critical Thinking Proponents Fail to Think Critically

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on March 28, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy vipez/Flickr. For the past several years I’ve been reading lots of books about why we often believe so many unsubstantiated things. Part of this reading is due to my fascination with human belief… More

What’s in a Name?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 28, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

“You’re such a pig!” “She’s a total dog!” Help students examine our myths about and prejudices against animals, to explore why they exist, and to consider what we might want to change about our relationships… More

Who Am I?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 15, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, Elementary, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Many people know that pigs root around in the ground, that cows have four stomachs, and that chickens have wings, but some of these beings also make friends, remember faces, can play video games, and… More

Whom Do You Pet & Whom Do You Eat?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 15, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

What are our relationships with different kinds of animals, and why do those relationships exist? Lead students in an activity which explores why we treat different types of animals differently, and how we can  learn… More

Hooray for the Decline in Sexist Language

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on November 19, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy Antony Pranata via Creative Commons. For thirty years I’ve been committed to both using and promoting nonsexist language in writing and speaking. I was criticized for using “he or she” on my papers… More