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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Beyond Carnism”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on February 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Every day we engage in a behavior that requires us to distort our thoughts, numb our feelings, and act against our core values, and which enables a global atrocity that can make… More

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9 Online Resources for Finding Out More About Environmental Protection Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw As effective humane educators, part of our role is to stay informed on global ethical issues, so that we can share accurate information and inspire positive action. But with so many global… More

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Exending Empathy, Even When It’s Most Difficult

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on February 11, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan As a freshman in college, I took a class in the education department at Indiana University called Introduction to Exceptional Children. Although the class mostly feels like a distant memory, I… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Changing Systems Through Design

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on February 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Many of us make the choices we do because we’re trying to do the right thing – we want to do the most good and least harm for people, nonhuman animals, and… More

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Humane Education Activity: I Think Therefore I Act

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In 1989 the groundbreaking article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh brought significant attention to issues of privilege, especially privilege related to race and gender. Since then the Privilege… More

Our Hen House

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 20, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Communication, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

Our Hen House produces a variety of multimedia resources — from an online magazine to podcasts to a TV show to ebooks — focused on informing and empowering people who are passionate about changing the… More

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How Kind to Animals is Your Country?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mexico’s Congress recently passed a ban on animals in circuses. China is working on a law that, for the first time, recognizes animal welfare. And recently India passed a ban on the import of animal-tested… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: 35.8 Million Slaves

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on December 22, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In some of our online courses at the Institute for Humane Education, participants learn about modern slavery. What they discover often shocks and horrifies them. Many people in developed countries remain unaware of slavery as… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Digging Deeper Than Food Drives and “Poor People”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 8, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Winter holidays are one of the times our hands and hearts turn to helping those who are “less fortunate.” Homelessness and poverty for students is at an all-time high. In homes and schools, there are… More

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Humane Education Activity: The Heartbeat of Social Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on October 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

People often find it easy to judge oppressions that society has addressed in the past, yet miss the similarities between past and present forms of oppression. This activity for students in grades nine and older,… More