Bridges of Respect: Setting a Standard for Humane Education in Minnesota

Students at Como High School sample nondairy milk.

CAA’s humane education program, Bridges of Respect, has been giving presentations in Minnesota schools for more than 10 years. During our presentations, we offer students Tofurky sandwiches on whole grain bread, and they get a taste of how delicious wholesome plant-based food can be. But that’s only the beginning of what our humane education program is giving to the young people in the Twin Cities region.

Here’s an overview of our activities over the past year:

We gave 50 presentations in 2014. Most of these presentations focus on the ways animals are affected by our food choices, but we also incorporate environmental issues. We occasionally present on how animals are used in the entertainment business and in the science industry, and we make a connection between violence toward animals and the violence toward other human beings.

By the end of 2014, we reached about 1,500 students in Minnesota’s high schools and colleges. Students learn about veganism in their health classes and their environmental chemistry classes. We always bring the emotions and intelligence of animals into the conversation when discussing the food industry.

We have conversations about factory farming. We discuss animal agriculture as a whole and show how it has affected our lives. Some students stay after class to talk about it more with us, and some students incorporate what they’ve learned into classroom assignments. They scribble “chooseveg.org” and “vegguide.org” on their notebooks and type them into their smartphones.

We speak with students about the dangerous “ag-gag” laws. We explain how these laws threaten transparency by outlawing images taken of an “animal enterprise,” and how these laws would infringe on our right to free speech.

We are working each day, even when not in the classroom. We train others to give presentations. We prepare food samples, literature, and other resources for students. We also prepare for the presentations and provide the vital follow-up support to students and teachers.

A full foot of snow won’t stop us! The morning after a big snowstorm, several school districts cancelled classes. Until we got a message that our presentation had to be rescheduled, we were ready to trudge through whatever weather to get our message of compassion to students. We are committed!

CAA is currently trying to raise $7,500 by December 31 at midnight. All of these funds are matched 2-for-1. It’s a great time to support CAA’s humane education efforts in the Twin Cities. We have almost reached our fundraising goal, but we need your help to make it the rest of the way. Give for Compassion today!

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