Animals & Us combines two major trends that have become increasingly widespread and accepted in secondary and tertiary teaching throughout the world.
- Human-Animal studies and humane education programmes
- Environmental studies and ecocriticism programmes
Schools and universities around the world are introducing programmes in these fields.
Human-Animal studies and humane education involve a focus on cultural and social interactions between humans and animals.
Examples of these interactions are plentiful in:
- The Arts e.g. animals as inspiration
- Economics e.g. animals as products
- Politics e.g. animals as power or possessions
- Scientific e.g. animals as tools
- Environmental e.g. animals as heritage and nature
- Personal e.g. animals as companions
- Social/cultural e.g. animals as entertainment
In human-animal studies human-animal relations are explored from diverse perspectives with two aims:
- To learn more about human beings and how our societies and cultures operate, by focusing on our relationship to, beliefs about, and treatment of, non-human animals.
- To challenge current ethical and environmental concerns regarding the treatment of non-human animals.