Compassion In The Classroom
Animals belong in better environments
Living With Harmony is actively developing a school outreach program to educate teachers and school officials on the myths that pocket pets, turtles and reptiles are easy to care for, and to discourage having these, and other, animals as pets in classrooms.
This endeavor will be able to improve the lives of those already in classrooms and to hopefully prevent more animals from being used and housed in these unnatural environments.
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Thousands of Animals are Being Inhumanely Kept in Schoolrooms Across the United States.
Some schools still hatch chicken eggs in the science classrooms. Unfortunately, many of these chicks become roosters and often city ordinances forbid roosters within city limits.
These poor animals have nowhere to go after the program is finished and are often doomed to unnecessary slaughter.
Turtles are one of the most commonly neglected animals in a classroom setting. The degree of misunderstanding about their needs leads to life-long damage and a lifetime of suffering in silence.
Sometimes, turtles are painted with toxic nail polish and paint by children. This paint needs to be removed by solvents so the turtle can absorb sunlight and UVB through their shell. It is very harmful and stressful for the turtle. Thankfully, the turtle pictured above was helped by the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke.
For more information, check out our article: Turtles And Tortoises Need Rescue, Too.
Rabbits are social animals that require ample area and companionship to live happy and healthy lives.
Too often, rabbits are kept in classrooms in small cages, which for us humans would be like spending our lives in a closet.
Guinea pigs are one of the most commonly neglected animals in a classroom setting. They are also social animals that can suffer greatly from being kept alone. The degree of misunderstanding about their needs leads to life-long suffering and a decreased life span.
Hamsters suffer in classroom environments. Since they are nocturnal, they are denied the rest that they need during the daylight hours when the lights are on and children are most active and wanting to interact with them.
Too often, hamsters held in these conditions are not provided the environment and support they need for a healthy and happy life.