Animals are still used in harmful ways by some Kiwi schools and tertiary institutes. These animals are being used in outdated teaching exercises, such as animal dissections. But it doesn’t have to be this way – Kind Education is not only possible but it's better for everyone!
Kind Education is the use of education to nurture compassion and respect for living things. In the context of animals used for teaching purposes in New Zealand, Kind Education is when students are taught with methods that don't involve the harmful use of animals.
The harmful use of animals in education refers to any teaching method 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:
- Animal Dissections
- Behavioural Experiments
- Chemical Manipulation Demonstrations
- Surgical, Clinical or Technician Practice
All of these are currently used in NZ. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You can be part of the solution. Find out more about the issue below.