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The grandest gift
Teaching kindness to a new generation
By Dr. Robin Ganzert
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 www.americanhumane.org 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.
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
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2013
You’ve Come a Long Way, Granny
The Grandest Gift
Born Free’s Virginia McKenna
My Aging Brain
Judy Cockerton: Foster parent and innovator
10 Best Story Books for Babies & Toddlers
Fun Toys for Kids of All Ages
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