Animals & Education

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The Use of Animals in Education

RSPCA Australia does not approve of the keeping of animals in non-residential kindergartens, pre-schools or schools other than agricultural high schools, as the level and regularity of care and attention, particularly during weekends and holidays, is inadequate, or non-existent.

Links for Further Reading

For the Birds: Alternatives to Chick Hatching
Are you considering hatching chicks in your classroom? Learn about problems that can arise in the classroom during chick hatching experiments and find alternative lessons which are more humane …
Take the Test! Questions to Ask Before You Get a Classroom Pet
This quick test contains a set of questions which helps to establish whether or not a classroom pet is the right choice in your current classroom situation…
Teachers Pet: Things To Consider Before Getting a Classroom Pet
An informative article on the pros and cons of pets in the classroom, being a humane role model for your students and how to choose the right animal for the classroom.
RSPCA Australia Policy Papers: Animal research and experimentation.
RSPCA Australia policy statements are a collection of philosophical statements issued by RSPCA Australia on the proper use of animals by humans.