California Assembly Adopts Humane Education Resolution

Animal Adventure Camp_033114-040414_NS (148)HR 28 has been signed by the State Assembly to encourage compliance with California’s current education code to teach students about kindness and respect for animals, as well as observance of laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the humane treatment of animals. Authored by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, HR 28 ensures compliance with the Education Code relative to Humane Education in California’s public school system.

“It’s essential to have Humane Education programs incorporated into any school curriculum,” said Amelia Curtis, Education Manager for San Diego Humane Society. “We strive for our Humane Education programs to be fun while also teaching the essential lessons in the responsibility that comes with caring for an animal. Teaching children to value animals not only encourages respect for all living things, it also establishes a sense of responsibility to make the world a better, more humane place.”

HR 28 will put the state of California on record that compliance with Education Code provisions should include educating students on the principles of kindness and respect for animals and observance of laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the humane treatment of animals, including wildlife.

Curtis continues, “We’re celebrating this big step towards improving the offerings of humane education in schools! It’s helping us move towards instilling responsibility and respect for animals in our children, while also building a more compassionate society.”