Humane education resources & training

October 31, 2007

Training in Humane Education

American Humane Association
The Link between animal abuse and child abuse

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Evolution of Humane Education
Julie Bank and Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D.
Julie Bank is the director of ASPCA Humane Education. Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D., is senior vice president of ASPCA Animal Sciences and science advisor.

Association of Professional Humane Educators

Institute for Humane Education – Zoe Weil

Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education

National Humane Education Society
List of films incl. One Last Fight: Exposing the Shame
Produced by Erik Friedl and the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society

The Humane Society of the United States
Humane Society University
Courses and workshops in humane education

Other resources

Game Dogs (Fighting Dogs)
Julie Bank and Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D.
Julie Bank is the director of ASPCA Humane Education. Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D., is senior vice president of ASPCA Animal Sciences and science advisor.
ASPCA Animal Watch – Fall 1997

Humanizing Prisons with Animals: A Closer Look at “Cell Dogs” and Horse Programs in Correctional Institutions
Journal of Correctional Education, Mar 2005 by Deaton, Christiane

First Strike Animal Cruelty/Human Violence (pdf file)
First Strike/Client Communication (pdf file)
Is there any evidence of a connection between animal cruelty and human violence? Absolutely. During the last 25 years, many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when bureau analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse.

Bibliography of the Link Between Animal Abuse, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Compiled by Phil Arkow Rev. 8/15/07
Chair, Animal Abuse & Family Violence Prevention Project, The Latham Foundation
& Interim Director — Human Animal Bond, American Humane Association
(856) 627-5118 – arkowpets@snip.net

Prison Pet Partnerships (HCAB) Prison Occupational training
Describes a program at Washington’s Purdy Women’s Prison in which dogs from humane societies are obedience trained, and placed in loving homes. Both inmates and program administrators candidly describe the benefits of the program of this Human Companion Animal Bond related program. (8th Grade through Adult; corrections, social studies) AVAILABLE IN VHS (ntsc/pal) OR DVD (ntsc)

California Law on treatment for people who hurt animals
California Penal code section 597, also known as the O’Connel bill provides for mandatory treatment of people convicted of hurting animals. This is in addition to and may not replace incarceration and fines.


Just one among several titles on the nature of humankind’s relationships with the animal kingdom, ethics and stewardship:
The Animals Lawsuit Against Humanity
“A Muslim work translated by a rabbi for a 14th century Christian king”
“A true interfaith title” for middle-schoolers right on through adult readers

Histories of the humane movement

For the Prevention of Cruelty, by Diane L. Beers (Swallow Press, 2006)

Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of The Humane Society of the United States, by Bernard Unti (Humane Society Press, 2004)



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