Description: Peta is known for taking a hard stance on Animal Rights and Welfare. The website explores issues such as animals being used for experimentation, food, clothing, entertainment, companions, and how humans impact wildlife. This website can be used for grades 4-8, but we suggest starting with PETA Kids for grades 4-5.
ASPCA – https://www.aspca.org/
Description: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. The ASPCA’s website contains a variety of informational texts and resources related to issues of animal cruelty and ways to address the problem. Don’t forget to check out the local PSPCA as well! This website could be used by students in grades 4-8, although younger and ESL students may need assistance with certain vocabulary/interpreting text.
Humane Society of the United States – https://www.humanesociety.org/
Description: The Humane Society is another large organization working to end animal cruelty. The links below provide direct access to various resources on the Humane Society’s website, including a form to take action to support a newly sponsored bill, a summary of the causes they are working against and several informational videos!
Links and Articles
Social Issue Overview
Videos and PowerPoints
Description: In 2010, 11-year-old Birke Baehr made this 5-minute TEDx talk, in which he dissects everything that’s wrong with our food system, including factory farming.
Description: This video from the Humane Society breaks down the difference between chickens that are raised as caged vs. caged free.
Description: This video has details about the Five Needs of Animal Welfare. There is an accompanying PowerPoint below.
Animal Welfare: click here to download