Oct 29, 2019 Humane Education
There is widespread support for humane and environmental education as a means of improving the treatment of animals. However, there are no academic reports that conclude that humane education leads to significant improvement in the treatment of animals. The few studies that attempt to evaluate the impact of humane education report that such education leads to an increase (usually modest) in knowledge and attitudes about animal welfare but have not documented an increase in behaviors that point towards an improved treatment of animals. One of the reasons why there are so few studies of the issue is that there is very limited funding supporting research into human education’s impact. Without funding, it is very difficult to identify the best ways to design and implement humane education to produce the results that would then lead to greater attention to the issue. Humane education is locked into a vicious circle of limited funding, no results, limited data on impact that brings us back to limited funding.