Our work Animals & Us education Human-Animal Studies
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men."
― Alice Walker

To learn more about 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.

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Interested in learning about animal rights? All you need to know is right here, at your fingertips. Explore over 70 lessons and 250 multimedia resources in the Animals & Us resource hub.

Humane Education (HE)

Human education is values-based education that explores, considers and develops our knowledge and responsibilities with regards to social justice, guardianship (kaitiakitanga), environmental issues, and animal care and protection.

The key concepts are:

  • Sensitivity towards all life, appreciation of diversity and tolerance of difference.
  • Compassion and respect for all.
  • A sense of responsibility and a duty of care for our surroundings, other animals and the natural world.
  • A positive attitude, with a focus on solutions, innovation and critical thinking skills.
  • Making responsible decisions and taking affirmative action.

Learn more about our programme

Humane Summit Speaker Series - Bringing Humane Education into the mainstream

SAFE Head of Education Nichola Kriek discusses how Animals & Us brings humane education into the mainstream

Protecting Animals Podcast: Nichola Kriek from SAFE New Zealand

SAFE is one of New Zealand’s leading animal protection organisations. Nichola tells us about her work for animals.

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As a charity, SAFE is reliant on the support of caring people like you to carry out our valuable work. Every gift goes towards providing education, undertaking research and campaigning for the benefit of all animals. SAFE is a registered charity in New Zealand (CC 40428). Contributions of $5 or more are tax-deductible.