Animals are sadly still used in harmful ways for teaching purposes at NZ schools and universities. Even animal dissections, which are easily replaced, are still conducted here. But it doesn’t have to be this way – embracing Kind Education is possible and better for everyone!
Kind Education involves teaching students with methods that don't involve the harmful use of animals — it's the use of education to nurture compassion and respect for living things.
The harmful use of animals for teaching purposes is where animals are forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, injury, distress, or death, and that is not meant to benefit that specific animal involved. Common examples include using animals in:
- Animal dissections
- Behavioural experiments
- Exercises teaching surgical skills
By using animal-free alternatives to educate students, we can save animals and create safe, inclusive spaces for students to learn in. Find out more about the many amazing alternatives and benefits of Kind Education below.