The Future is Kind Education

The Future is Kind Education

Kind Education is a growing movement all around the globe! It is the way of the future. NZAVS has been leading the way here in New Zealand.

Some of the Steps We Are Taking to Encourage Kind Education

Currently, in NZ, there is no way for parents of students to find out what schools use animals for teaching. Those wishing to attend schools where animals are not harmfully used (e.g. for dissection exercises) do not have an easy way of finding out what schools they are. NZAVS is in the process of collecting this information. We have created a survey that asks schools in NZ about their use of animals and specific details surrounding this. 

We have joined the Eclipse Dissection Working Group, which is made up of international groups like us. Our collective focus is on promoting the use of non-animal teaching methods in the classroom.

In 2017, we released our new children's book "The Six-Foot Rats" which educates children in a fun way about the scientific invalidity of using a rat to predict the human response. Although we have this book available for anyone to buy, we decided we wanted to do even more so we set up a fundraiser so we could send a book to all primary school libraries and most public libraries in NZ!

We've presented on this issue to the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) and since then, NAEAC has promoted alternative methods to animal dissection to all of the Animal Ethics Committees in NZ!

International trend

People around the globe are moving towards Kind Education. Here are some examples of the amazing progress made:

  • India has banned the dissection of animals in zoology and life sciences university courses. 
  • In 2016 the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine reported that all surveyed U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools are now free of live animals use. There are no known medical schools in these countries known to use live animals anymore. 
  • After a decade long campaign by the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine, in 2018 it is now reported that there are no known live animal labs used in Paediatrics Residency programs in all the U.S. and Canada. That is 228 Programs using only non-animal teaching methods. 

With efforts like these taking off around the globe, Kind Education is the future!

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