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  • Teachers Make a Difference

    Written by PETA

    Teachers' Day is 5 September, and so we thought we'd remind all you teachers out there that there are lots of easy ways that you can help children help animals.

     Here are some ideas:

     

    1. Encourage your school to include Compassionate Citizen as part of its official curriculum.
    2. Ask school officials to implement a policy against taking field trips to zoos and circuses. Animals suffer when they are caged or chained, and those in circuses are beaten so that they will obey and perform tricks that are not natural to them. Animals feel lonely, depressed and frustrated in zoos and circuses. Visit a local animal shelter or wildlife sanctuary instead.
    3. Urge school officials to update the dress code to include cruelty-free canvas shoes instead of leather. Not only is leather production cruel, it also harms the environment. Turning animal skin into leather requires massive amounts of toxic chemicals, and runoff from tanneries poisons rivers and streams.
    4. Start a healthy-meal programme by asking your school to offer only delicious vegan snacks and lunches to children. Contact us at info@compassionatecitizen.org for ideas, suggestions and recipes.
    5. Work with the principal to urge children to fly only "kind kites" with cotton string and never to use sharp glass-coated or metallic manja. Deadly manja injures and kills countless birds and some humans each year.
    6. Encourage officials to enact a policy against keeping animals in school. Animals kept as "pets" in schools are often neglected and mishandled by well-meaning children who are too young to grasp the enormity of the responsibility or by busy teachers. Buying animals also supports the pet trade, which encourages the irresponsible and impulsive buying of animals.
    7. Encourage children to start an animal rights club and lead them in discussions about making kind choices for animals, such as not eating or wearing animals.
    8. Use special days, including International Animal Rights Day (10 December), Earth Day (22 April) and World Environment Day (5 June), as occasions to discuss animal-related issues.
    9. Encourage children to be kind to strays. Take your students on outings to put water bowls out for dogs and birds.
    10. Create a display board about animal rights to raise awareness.
    11. Set up an information table during school festivals, parent-teacher meetings and other functions to share literature and talk with others. Contact us at info@compassionatecitizen.org for supplies.
    12. Get children involved in organising poster competitions, debates and essay contests about animal-protection issues.
    13. Encourage children to pitch plastic! Did you know that plastic bags may last up to a thousand years in a landfill? In the environment, they break down into tiny, toxic particles and become a part of soil and water. Plastic debris in the ocean kills countless animals every year.
    14. Work with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to get dogs and cats in your area sterilised to prevent them from contributing to the companion animal overpopulation crisis. Make sure that the NGO returns the animals to where they were found.
    15. Plant trees and contribute towards building a greener environment.

    Let us know what your school is up to, and it may be eligible for a Compassionate School Award from PETA. Schools that take the first six steps listed above will automatically be eligible. You can also send questions and comments to info@compassionatecitizen.org.

    Be a compassionate citizen!

  • Cruelty-Free School Uniforms in Punjab?

    Written by Kriti-S

    As a part of PETA's campaign to give leather the boot, our campaigner Himani Shetty wrote to the director of education in Punjab telling him about the cruel and toxic processes by which cows are killed and have their skins turned into leather. Now, the good news is that the director's office has issued a memorandum strongly recommending that Punjab schools immediately ban leather shoes in favour of less expensive, animal- and eco-friendly canvas shoes. Hooray!

    We would also like to mention that the Himachal Pradesh government has taken steps towards banning leather shoes in its school uniforms. Our very happy campaigner Himani says, "By taking a step towards reducing violence against animals, Punjab – like Himachal Pradesh – is proving that it is a progressive state that cares about the welfare of animals and the environment".

    What's wrong with leather? Well, pretty much everything! Take a look at our undercover investigation video of Indian leather industry – which is narrated by Pamela Anderson – and you'll see how cows are beaten and forced to march long distances in searing heat to their deaths. Many collapse from hunger, exhaustion, injury or illness. To get the cows back on their feet, handlers often twist the animals' tails until they break or rub chilli peppers into their eyes. At the slaughterhouse, the animals are hacked at with dull knives.

    Join us in making all schools in India leather-free. Never buy leather school shoes for your kids, and write to local school authorities asking them to ban them altogether. We think our investigation video could help you open their eyes. Watch it here: http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=Skin_Trade_Pam_Anderson_india_v1.

     

     

     

     

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