WASHINGTON, D.C. (RPRN) 8/10/2009–Whether it is through fashion choices, extracurricular activities, or class projects, students face many different decisions at the beginning of the school year. Some of those choices can have an impact on animals, and Humane Society Youth, the youth division of The Humane Society of the United States, has fun, school friendly ideas to help students make the school year a humane one.
â€œCool gear and easy-to-use resources are available for students who want to be a voice for the animals,â€ said Heidi Oâ€™Brien, director of youth outreach for The HSUS. â€œStudents could wear a pin that says no to fur or start an animal protection club to meet and exchange ideas with other students that care about animals.â€
- Make compassion the fashion. Students can take a stand against cruelty and complete our Mission: Humane Fight Fur project, reference our handy fur-free shopping guide, and wear a fur-free pin or tee to spread the word that compassionate fashion saves foxes, rabbits and other furbearers from needless suffering.
- Make a statement. Students love to express themselves through fashion and what better way than to choose from a variety of animal cause tees and caps, with messages such as: Stop Puppy Mills, Save Our Seals, Spay Neuter and much more.
- Start an animal protection club. Students can request a free HumaneTeen Club Kit that includes five projects and fact sheets on key animal welfare issues, tips on starting a club, fundraising and lobbying ideas, fun stickers and additional guidance.
- Cut out dissection. Many students have ethical objections to dissection but believe they must participate in order to pass the class. For a cruelty-free science class, students can ask teachers to use dissection alternative materials, including models and CD-ROMs, all of which are available on loan and free of charge from The Humane Society of the United States.
- Get schooled in animal protection. Middle and high school students can enroll in free online courses at Humane High School. Course offerings include how to speak up on behalf of animals to lawmakers and how to make engaging presentations. Students can also access videos on a range of issues facing animals and get career advice.
Humane Society Youth is a division of The Humane Society of the United States,Â the nationâ€™s largest animal protection organization â€“ backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS hasÂ been fighting for theÂ protection ofÂ all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.
Janice Krish, 860-434-8666, ext. 13
Photo credit: No Fur Button, Peta Catalog