The need for Humane Education in China
China’s population of 1.35 billion people is more than 20% of the world’s population and is greater than the U.S and Europe combined. China is rapidly increasing its consumption of natural resources and animal products, and is the number one producer of greenhouse gases.
Industries are expanding output to support the largest export volume in the world and to meet the rising demand of China’s growing middle class. Industrial growth and profit often take precedent over concerns for our planet, and its people and animals. The most vulnerable members of society are at great risk of exploitation.
Why does ACTAsia focus on Humane Education?
The problems of exploitation and cruelty in China have deep root causes in society. Non-profit groups have had limited success addressing these issues with short-term confrontational campaigns. Many people in China simply do not know, for example, that animals are sentient beings with the ability to feel pain, fear and pleasure. Many are not aware of the critical connections between the health of society and the state of the environment. A different long-term approach is needed that educates first, preparing the ground for the seeds of compassion.
Humane Education works by helping individuals find their own motivation for change. It encourages people to think independently and understand the impacts of their choices. It nurtures the kindness and compassion that is within all of us. If a community values humanity and justice, there is hope that future generations will take care of the vulnerable in society and be responsible custodians of the environment.
What’s the link between Humane Education and animal welfare?
Many studies have shown that children that learn to care for animals become more responsible and compassionate members of society. By learning how important it is to protect the weakest members of their own household, children are more likely to grow up to be empathetic and respectful adults.