What values do YOU think we should be teaching students? To be kind, have empathy for others, and respect the world around them, right? Teaching kids to have compassion can start at school—and making sure that you choose field trips and fundraisers that are aligned with those values is so important.

Pledge to Use Humane Education!

By taking kids to places such as zoos and circuses or sponsoring inhumane "donkey basketball" games to raise funds, schools send students a dangerous message: that it's OK to take advantage of, bully, and even abuse those who are weaker than they are. Animals don't want to spend their lives in cages, be dragged from city to city in cramped boxcars, or be gawked at by noisy, unruly crowds—and no student should be misled into thinking otherwise.

As an educator, YOU have the power to teach kids right from wrong and to show them how to have empathy for all living beings. Make your school activities count by ensuring that they're fun for everyone involved—and by never supporting the use of animals for the amusement of humans!

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I understand that field trips and fundraisers that use animals for the entertainment of humans are wrong and that animals used in zoos, circuses, "donkey basketball" games, and other similar events are denied everything that is natural and important to them.

Seeing animals trapped in cages or tanks or forced to perform silly and physically uncomfortable acts sends children the dangerous message that it is acceptable to take advantage of, exploit, and bully those who are weaker than we are.

As a humane educator, I strive to teach my students to have empathy and respect for ALL beings, and that's why I pledge to say NO to all field trips and fundraisers that harm animals!

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