WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, April 27, 2020 — Building a better world for all of us begins with a few simple actions. American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today is challenging people to commit to protecting and improving the lives of millions of animals during this year’s “Be Kind to Animals Week®”, which takes place from May 3rd through 9th. Be Kind to Animals Week® is the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history, and the nation’s longest-running humane education campaign.
American Humane is asking animal advocates to pledge to do four simple things to better the lives of animals: buy humanely raised foods with the American Humane Certified™ seal to support farm animals; adopt one of the more than 6 million animals abandoned to animal shelters each year; watch movies and shows that contain the No Animals Were Harmed® end credit supporting the 100,000 animal actors who entertain and educate us in film and television each year; and, visit American Humane Certified™ zoos, aquariums and conservation centers caring for the many endangered and disappearing species of the world. American Humane will share humane messages throughout the week and encourage people to commit to kindness by sharing Be Kind to Animals Week® content using the hashtag #BeKindToAnimalsWeek across social media platforms.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, when false rumors about animals being able to transmit the virus (they cannot) may frighten some into abandoning their pets, the need for understanding and compassion has never been greater,” said Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., 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.”
These include the following:
- Always treat your pets with love and affection, make sure they are always in safe environments and have plenty of fresh water and exercise daily.
- Spay or neuter your pets and encourage others to do the same.
- Keep your pets current on vaccinations and make sure they are wearing up-to-date identification tags and are microchipped.
- Report any suspected animal abuse or neglect to local authorities.
- Teach your children that all animals are important and show them how to be kind and respectful to animals both in the home and to those they encounter in parks, zoos or in their neighborhood.
- Appreciate wildlife. Plant flowers in your yard that will attract butterflies or hummingbirds. Drive safely through areas populated by wild animals such as deer.
As families continue to quarantine, parents and children alike will also appreciate American Humane’s new “Humane Heroes Story Time,” with free videos online in which CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert reads tales of animal rescue, rehabilitation and conservation, teaching kids to enjoy reading AND appreciate animals. The stories can be found right here.
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.