Guest post by Ingrid Newkirk, President and cofounder of PETA
When I was 8 years old, I left the English town where I grew up and headed off, with my parents, to India. My mother, who volunteered to help lepers, orphans, unwed mothers, and neglected animals, taught me to have empathy for all beings. "It doesn’t matter who suffers," she said, "but how."
him with it when a servant from a nearby property, who had come running after me, held back my hand. It was the first in a long line of instances when my passion to protect animals from needless pain was ignited.
50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals is packed with fascinating animal facts, illustrations, jokes, puzzles, and fun activities that teach children to think about and empathize with animals. Kids learn that they can help end animal suffering simply by eating healthy vegan foods, choosing cruelty-free products, wearing cool animal-friendly fashions, attending fun animal-free circuses, or supporting responsible animal shelters rather than pet stores.
It's important to teach children to be kind to animals. As George Angell the founder of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals explained, when he was asked why he didn't help children instead of animals, "I am working at
the roots. If you teach a child to be kind to a caterpillar, you do as much for the child as you do for the caterpillar."
By teaching your children to have respect and compassion for all living beings, you can help create a more just and merciful world. PETAKids.com is also full of entertaining and educational tips, contests, and games that will help teach your child be kind to animals.