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August 24, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Encourages Students to Be Leaders for Animals this School Year

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Whether choosing extracurricular activities, class projects or the latest fashion, students face many decisions at the beginning of the school year. Some of those choices may have an impact on animals, and The Humane Society of the United States has fun, school-friendly ideas to help students make this school year humane.

“Students are amazing advocates for animals,” said KC Theisen, director of pet care issues for The HSUS. “They have great enthusiasm and can share it in so many ways—food and supply drives for local shelters or rescues, education campaigns, even in class via papers and speeches. The possibilities are endless.” 

Some ideas for making the 2012-2013 school year humane include:

Spread the word. The best way to make a change is by educating your classmates about the issues that matter to you. Use research projects, term papers and other assignments as opportunities to educate your classmates about important animal concerns. For the latest information and news about animal-related issues, visit our School Project Help page.

Younger students will enjoy Kind News magazine (humanesociety.org/kindnews), which is filled with colorful articles, short features, and fun activities that children and teachers love, emphasizing treating animals with kindness and respect. Home and classroom subscriptions are available and come in three reading levels: Primary Edition (grades K-2), Junior Edition (grades 3-4), and Senior Edition (grades 5-6).

Drive—even if you don’t have a license. Most organizations need blankets, toys and other supplies to care for their animals. Organize a drive to provide those supplies to your local shelter or rescue, or ask your classmates to donate their spare change to help animals in need. For more tips on how you can help your local shelter or rescue visit humanesociety.org/youthvolunteer

Encourage your school cafeteria to make Mondays meat-free. Meatless meals are delicious and humane. Share this award-winning video about the growing Meatless Monday movement with your teachers and school administrators, and encourage your cafeteria to join in by only serving meat-free meals on Mondays http://youtu.be/tpziz8cJMaI.

Make compassion your fashion. Take a stand against cruelty and join our Fur-free Facebook page, reference our handy fur-free shopping guide, and wear a fur-free pin or tee to spread the word that compassionate fashion saves raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits and other furbearers from needless suffering.

Put your education to work. Local animal organizations are often in need of people with talent in art, photography, computer programming and web design; offer to put the skills you are learning at school into practice for them. Helping animal shelters or rescues may be a good way to receive credit if your school requires public service hours for graduation. Contact your local animal welfare organization directly to find out more, or visit humanesociety.org/volunteer

Get schooled in animal protection. Middle and high school students can enroll in free online courses at Humane Academy (humanesociety.org/humaneacademy). Course offerings include how to strengthen animal cruelty laws, how to speak up on behalf of animals to lawmakers and how to make engaging presentations. A new course launches fall 2012 to help students learn about dissection alternatives.

For more information and other ideas for students interested in speaking up for animals, visit humanesociety.org/students

Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, 301-721-6440.

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