The roots of humane education in the late 19th and early 20th centuries lie with the founders of humane societies and child protection organizations. Recognizing that those without voice or power needed compassionate allies to advocate on their behalf, humane education pioneers taught kindness.
While appreciation for animals and concern about animal cruelty have both grown over the decades, the extent of animal abuse has not abated. In fact, in relation to some industries like meat, dairy, and egg production, it has increased exponentially over the years. The disconnection between what we profess as humane people and what we do as typical consumers is profound. While new laws are being passed to diminish cruelty and abuse, the numbers of animals exploited and killed continues to rise.
Humane education asks us to consider our treatment of nonhuman animals as an integral component of creating a humane, sustainable, and just world. Covering issues such as factory farming, animal experimentation, hunting & trapping, and animals used in entertainment, humane education invites people to develop ideas for the production of foods, products, clothing, and medical treatments that do not cause animals to suffer and die.