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Institute for Human-Animal Connection


Humane Education

Humane education generates compassion and knowledge about worldwide issues relating to human oppression, animal exploitation and environmental degradation. This philosophy teaches compassion and respect regarding issues of animal welfare, the environment and social justice for all living beings.

Humane education teaches the principal of "most good, least harm", empowering humans to make compassionate choices. This method is effective because it teaches skills to live ethically and sustainably.

Four elements of Humane education

Humane education has an overarching goal of promoting humane choices and humane citizenship.

  1. Provide Accurate Information: Help students become thoughtful consumers of food, clothing, housing, transportation, entertainment and other types of products. Providing accurate information about these products is essential to creating conscientious consumers.
  2. Foster the 3C's: Curiosity, Creativity, and Critical Thinking: Foster curiosity and seek the truth about information being presented in all forms of communication. Use creativity to solve issues. Teach students to critically analyze media and social messages.
  3. Instill the 3R's: Reverence, Respect, and Responsibility: Without the 3r's, human oppression, environmental destruction and animal cruelty will continue. Inspire students to take responsibility for these types of challenges. This motivation comes from reverence and respect for all life on earth.
  4. Offer Positive Choices and Tools for Problem Solving: Humane educators do not tell children what choices to make; they teach children that their choices matter. Teach students that their voice matters and that it can initiate change.

Humane Education Resources

Institute for Humane Education 



  • Weil, Z. (2004). The power and promise of humane education. New Society Publishers: British Columbia.
  • Weil, Z. (2009). Most good, least harm: A simple principle for a better world and a meaningful life. Atria Books: NY.