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Celebrate Compassion with Be Kind to Animals Week®

Be Kind to Animals Week® is May 7 - 14! What can you do to protect and better the lives of animals?

In 1915, American Humane initiated Be Kind to Animals Week® in hopes of inspiring millions of Americans to come together and show their compassion—and build a more humane world—for animals. Over a century later, Be Kind to Animals Week® is still celebrated annually during the first full week of May and is the longest-running, most successful humane education campaign in American history

To build a new generation of animal advocates, American Humane is challenging 1 million people this year to take the “Be Kind to Animals Week” pledge, asking them to do four simple things to protect and better the lives of animals: Including 10 billion farm animals by seeking out humanely raised foods with the American Humane Certified® seal; the 6-8 million animals abandoned each year by adopting from shelters; the more than 100,000 animal actors who entertain, educate and charm us in film and television each year by looking for the “No Animals Were Harmed®” end-credit; and the many endangered and disappearing species of the world by cultivating caring and understanding of magnificent creatures by taking their children to Humane Certified™ zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers.

“The need for compassion has never been greater,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “I hope every American will join us in celebrating ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’ and making a difference for all the creatures of the Earth – not just during these several days, but all year round.”

To celebrate “Be Kind to Animals Week®,” take the pledge, find ideas and curricula designed to build empathy in children, and learn more about how you can support American Humane’s work to help animals, please visit

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