GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013 - (Page 24-25)

pets ’n grands Photo credit: ©Rosemarie Gearhart The grandest gift Teaching kindness to a new generation By Dr. Robin Ganzert I mparting a sense of humanity is one of the greatest humane education program, gifts we can give our grandchildren. Having seen our the Be Kind to Animals Week fair share of harsh reality, injustice, and outright cruel- campaign, created by AmeriSo talk to your grandkids about the value of being ty, it is also something we are uniquely equipped to de- can Humane Association (AHA) almost a century ago. liver. We’re all too familiar with man’s inhumanity to man That effort helped teach the value of all living things to humane. Celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with them. and animals. More than 1 million reports of child abuse five generations of Americans and is still being celebrat- Support the creation of a LIFE Humane Heroes Club are filed each year. Some 8 million pets are abandoned ed (this year May 5–12). or other efforts in your community’s school. Teach the each year, and nearly 4 million of them are euthanized AHA recently launched a new humane-education ini- in our nation’s shelters. Only a tiny percentage of the tiative of afterschool programs called LIFE Humane He- 10 billion animals raised on American farms and ranches roes Clubs designed to help young people understand live under verified, science-based welfare standards. the challenges that exist and to engage them in good That’s the world we live in now. The world our grand- works that benefit real animals and local communities. children will live in tomorrow depends not only on what We’ve also developed a Humane Heartland curriculum we do to make it a better place but also on how we that teaches kids where their food comes from along teach each generation to treat others. Those of us of a are treated well, so that when kids grow up they can ing humanely raised food. While you’re at it, give your grandkids and your pets a cookie and a hug, too. Visit to learn how you can help protect children and animals. with a certification program that ensures farm animals certain age remember participating in the first national next generation the importance of supporting and buy- buy food that is in line with their values. Through pro- Click here to watch a video on Be Kind to Animals Week® grams like these and by continually reinforcing humane values in our grandchildren, we can leave a legacy that benefits them, their pets, and the larger world. 24 GRAND MAY JUNE 2013 Robin Ganzert is the president of American Humane Association, the country’s first national humanitarian organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. MAY JUNE 2013 GRAND 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013
Slaying Dragons
You’ve Come a Long Way, Granny
Electrical Safety
Let’s Pretend
The Grandest Gift
Born Free’s Virginia McKenna
My Aging Brain
Judy Cockerton: Foster parent and innovator
10 Best Story Books for Babies & Toddlers
Grand Expectations
Fun Toys for Kids of All Ages
Annuities Simplified
News, Products, Tips, and Resources for Today’s Grandparents
Sure Cure for Senior-Time Blues
It’s a Wonderful Life
When a Child Is Removed from the Parents’ Home

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013