Fifth graders created an “Adopt Don’t Shop” campaign to help prevent the overpopulation and euthanasia of animals bred in mills. The class began by wanting to help ban kill shelters in New York City but, after meeting with advocates in the field, learned that the breeding of puppies and other animals to sell in pet stores is at the root of animal overpopulation. They also discovered that the conditions of most puppy mills are inhumane and seriously under-regulated. The students felt strongly that by educating families in their school community and encouraging them to adopt pets from local shelters, their class could help decrease euthanasia in open shelters.
They published and distributed an”Adopt Don’t Shop” newsletter (ADD LINK) that included articles about puppy mills, an interview with an animal rights advocate, cartoons, and more.
Another group of fifth graders created an advocacy campaign to help prevent animal testing by U.S. laboratories creating cosmetic products. They organized a petition drive to support the federal Humane Cosmetics Act, and a community pledge to purchase cruelty-free cosmetic products whenever possible. They also created and distributed an advocacy packet, which included…