When considering if it is humane to use live animals in classrooms such as with hatching chicks, it is important to first look at what the word “humane” means. The Oxford dictionary definition of humane is “having or showing compassion or benevolence”.
In this article we will discuss the key arguments for there being no humane way to use animals for educational purposes, especially if there are alternatives. As the objective of this article is to address chick hatching, we will focus primarily on the elementary school-age setting as the most common demographic for this kind of program.
P.E.A.C.E. Statement of Concern on Alberta Farm Sanctuary
P.E.A.C.E. has become aware of some issues of concern at a farm animal sanctuary in Alberta. P.E.A.C.E. is making the following statement out of concern for the safety and well-being of the animals in the care of this sanctuary and at neighbouring sanctuaries, to make the community aware of current concerns, and to provide the sanctuary an opportunity to clearly address these concerns in public.
In 2019 we had two farm animal sanctuaries close their doors here in British Columbia, Canada. From the experience of working through those two closures, as well as discussions with farm animal sanctuary owners who have watched many others come and go before, we would like to share our findings. Although it will be obvious to some, we have found it important as a neutral third party to inform the public (as well as anyone interested in starting a farm animal sanctuary themselves) as to common reasons why farm animal sanctuaries fail or close down.