Humane education encourages empathy and an understanding of the need for compassion and respect for people, animals, and the environment and recognizing the connections among these. The primary goal of each program is to identify animals as being worthy of kindness and to encourage people to act responsibly and be compassionate to their own pets and other animals they may encounter.
Research has repeatedly shown that children who are unkind to animals or who are raised in homes where animals are abused are particularly likely to be abusive to animals and humans over time. In providing humane education programs, the ARL hopes to model an appropriate, respectful, and mutually rewarding relationship between humans and animals.
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