Animals in factory farms school textbook launchedApril 3rd, 2017
Thanks to your support, the fifth issue in the Animals & Us secondary school textbook series, Animals in Factory Farms, was formally launched at the Grey Lynn Library Hall in Auckland on 3rd March.
The event was attended by educators, students and some of our generous supporters who contributed to the production of the textbook. SAFE CEO Jasmijn de Boo hosted the event and explained her own background in humane education and the importance of our Animals & Us education programme, while SAFE Ambassador Hans Kriek described how a lesson on factory farming by his biology teacher at school changed the course of his life – and sparked his desire to become an animal advocate. Professor Annie Potts from the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies described the exciting opportunities now available in tertiary education for young people interested in taking their animal studies further, and SAFE’s Head of Education, Nichola Kriek, outlined the advantages of incorporating the new textbook into teaching programmes. Nigel Snookes, Head of Social Sciences at Glenfield College’ explained how his school has used the SAFE ‘Love Pigs’ campaign as a case study of social action for several years. Finally, Isla and Alessandra from the Epsom Girls’ Grammar and Auckland Grammar Animal Rights Group discussed why animals matter to them and the work they are doing to fundraise and bring awareness to animal rights issues.
Over 4,500 copies of the new textbook have been sent to over 400 secondary schools throughout New Zealand. After receiving the books, Angela Peters, librarian from Morrinsville College, said: “Thanks so much! The information is up-to-date, extremely informative and helps the students to make up their own minds on these important issues. The fact that they are free is wonderful as many school libraries have had their budgets cut, and can’t afford up to date information of this quality!”
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