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November is family violence prevention month

Deliberate abuse of a pet is a form of family violence. Identification and intervention leads to protecting both people and animals. There is a plethora of research that suggests a definitive link between animal abuse and other forms of violence. Young people who witness or commit acts of cruelty to animals may disclose these actions at school – through conversations, artwork or writing. It’s important that these are addressed, for the welfare of the animal and because animal abuse often occurs in conjunction with other forms of family violence.

What teachers need to know:

  • Families in which pets are abused or neglected have a higher occurrence of child abuse or neglect.
  • Children who abuse animals are often involved in bullying, vandalism, and more serious crimes.
  • Children who commit serious acts of cruelty to animals are 7 to 8 times more likely to have been sexually abused.
  • In an Alberta study (2012) of animal abuse in domestic violence situations, 85% of women reported that their children witnessed the threat or harm to the animal. In half of those cases, it was the child’s own pet.
  • Family pets are often targets in domestic violence, and threats of violence toward a pet are often used as a means of control by an abusive family member.

We can help:

Our webpage Animal Abuse: What you should know has advice for teachers including what to do if animal abuse is disclosed by students.

The Alberta SPCA has a publication on The Cruelty Connection with information specific to professionals including teachers, law enforcement, and service providers.

Kindness as the antidote:

Humane education promotes compassion for animals, people and the environment. Learning that people have a responsibility to respect and care about –  and for – animals, each other and the earth we share, helps to foster humane attitudes. This website has plenty of resources to help incorporate humane education into the classroom. Our Kindness Map Activities page, provides teachers an array of different activities to promote humane attitudes and have their students recognized.

Announcing the 2017 Humane Award Recipient!

The Alberta SPCA’s Humane Awards recognize Alberta teachers and students who inspire others to show compassion for animals, people and the environment through example and leadership. We are pleased to announce this year’s Humane Award recipient! The Animal Rescue Crew at F.R. Haythorne Junior High in Sherwood Park is working to enhance animal welfare in…Continue Reading

Speak up for humane education in the new provincial curriculum

Albertans have until June 2 to provide input into preliminary draft documents of the new curriculum being developed by Alberta Education. Now’s your chance to voice your opinion about including humane education, animal welfare or other topics related to kindness to animals, people and the environment. Here’s some tips to make it easier. Before you…Continue Reading

Spotlight on Volunteers – April 2017

Kelsey Neill – Animal Research Intern Kelsey Neill has spent this year volunteering with the Alberta SPCA compiling animal research on  health, proper care, safety and just fun and interesting facts that make animals unique. These facts will be featured on our facebook and twitter pages and will be used in the development of new…Continue Reading

Alberta’s New Curriculum – an opportunity for leadership in humane values

The current review of provincial curriculum – being conducted by Alberta Education in partnership with the Alberta Teachers’ Association – provides a unique opportunity to incorporate positive, effective changes in our schools to help students’ character development through humane education. Indeed, we can become the first province to explicitly include humane education in the provincial…Continue Reading

Announcing the 2015 Humane Awards Recipients!

The Alberta SPCA’s Humane Awards recognize Alberta teachers and students who inspire others to show compassion for animals, people and the environment through example and leadership. We are pleased to announce this year’s Humane Award Recipients! For incorporating humane education principles that foster empathy and respect for all living, the 2015 Humane Teacher Award recipient…Continue Reading

Three ways to Inspire Ethical Citizenship

In Alberta’s Ministerial Order on student learning the government identified fundamental learning goals for students to ensure a prosperous and positive future for Alberta. We must aim to inspire all students to reach their full potential through the three Es’: “engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.” The second of the e’s –…Continue Reading

Marks of Kindness

Students and teachers across the province have done some wonderful things to make a difference for animals, people and the environment! This short video highlights just some of the things they were up to this past school year. Enjoy! For more examples of students making a difference, visit our Kindness Map!Continue Reading

It’s spring – get outside and… learn!

As the days get longer and temperatures return to the plus side of zero, Albertans naturally start spending more time outdoors. Along with the newly budding leaves and flowers, field trips and environmental activities seem to flourish in spring. Our Kindness Calendar lists many events with educational components – often global in perspective but with…Continue Reading

Measuring Empathy – A University of Alberta Study

This guest blog comes from Stefanie Martin, a 4th year undergraduate Animal Health student at the University of Alberta. Stefanie has worked for and volunteered with a number of animal welfare organizations over the past six years. We are pleased that she’s willing to share her most recent research project with us. Measuring Empathy Humane…Continue Reading

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