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Be Kind to Animals - A History of Humane Education
The Velaslavasay Panorama
Los Angeles, CA
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Saturday Jul 06, 2013 2:00 PM - Saturday Jul 06, 2013 4:30 PM | $13.00 - $15.00


Be Kind to Animals - A History of Humane Education
Be Kind to Animals

- A convivial afternoon of humane history and merriment -

Featuring a visual presentation on the history of humane education by Dr. Keri Cronin of Brock University, Canada.

This one-of-a-kind event will feature temporary exhibits, maker stations, light refreshments, and an illustrated lecture by Dr. Keri Cronin, chair of the Visual Arts Department at Brock University in Canada and curator of the National Museum of Animals & Society's exhibition "Be Kind: A Visual History of Humane Education, 1880  1945."

The need for humane education, in a formal sense, has been echoed in schools, religious institutions and literature since eighteenth-century England. Philosopher John Locke was one of the first to make the connection between childhood cruelty to animals and its escalation to cruelty to other people in adulthood. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, animal welfare campaigners used the "Be Kind to Animals" message to reach audiences of all ages.

At one point in America's history, over 70,000 chapters of the Bands of Mercy, a humane youth organization akin to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, existed in the country. Even White Fang and Dances with Wolves author Jack London ran his own youth group, known as the Jack London Club, that addressed animal cruelty.

"Most animal lovers aren't familiar with the incredible legacy they carry. NMAS is dedicated to preserving and sharing this rich history of the animal protection movement, and it is our hope that the work of these early reformers will capture the imagination of a new generation of advocates," says the museum's founder and executive director, Carolyn Merino Mullin.

Presented by the National Museum of Animals & Society

About NMAS
Founded in January 2010, the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) is the first museum of its kind dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience. We address animal protection history, animal studies and humane education in our exhibitions, collections, public programming, and educational efforts. The museum is currently operating as an online and mobile museum and fundraising for a permanent home in Los Angeles.

About Dr. Keri Cronin
Keri Cronin is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Brock University. She is also a Faculty Affiliate in Brock's Social Justice & Equity Studies Graduate Program and the editor of The Brock Review. She is the author of Manufacturing National Park Nature: Photography, Ecology and the Wilderness Industry of Jasper National Park (UBC Press, 2011) and the co-editor (with Kirsty Robertson) of Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture & Activism in Canada (Wilfrid Laurie University Press, 2011). Her current research focuses on how 19th-century welfare activists used art and visual culture in their campaign and educational efforts.



The Velaslavasay Panorama (View)
1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
United States


Arts > Other
Arts > Visual
Education > Other
Education > Workshops
Other > Pets and Animals

Dog Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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The Velaslavasay Panorama

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