Even though the Bible, the Koran, and the Torah stress mankind’s connection with all living creatures, and emphasize man’s responsibility for their welfare, Quebec has the worst reputation in Canada for its treatment of animals.
About 50 years ago, noted anthropologist Margaret Mead, who wrote books on adolescents in various societies, argued that acceptable treatment and behaviour toward animals be part of school curricula because it’s a reflection of our values as a society.
Interestingly, a few years ago, a relatively new subject, humane education, was developed and is gradually being introduced into the curriculum of many high schools in North America. At present, universities across Canada offer humane education programs. The University of Toronto, in conjunction with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, offers graduate studies in humane education.
So what is humane education? Basically, humane education examines the challenges facing our planet, from human oppression and animal exploitation to consumerism and ecological degradation. This leads to the quality of KINDNESS.