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The role of all humane organizations is the prevention of cruelty and, in order to do this, we must be prepared to show a better way. We cannot stand back saying "no" or "you can't do that" unless we are prepared to show why. We must understand that cruelty is not always a sadistic act and one whose perpetrator needs the attention of a psychiatrist. I am sure that there are many cruelty cases that should be handled in such a manner, but not very many of them get or deserve this distinction. Usually we move to correct the problem and try to see that it does not happen again; then we use the cruelty case to point out some of the evils and go on to the next one.

I must point out, also, that very little humane education is involved in formal education. This is not true because of a lack of interest, but there has been no great effort nationally to see that effective tools and useful information is offered. There is a great need for such education and students graduating from teachers' colleges should have been indoctrinated in humane education, the reasons for it, and methods of teaching it. With such a background we will see more instruction given to pupils on the benefits of a knowledge of the reasons for kindness, compassion and consideration, not only for animals, but for humans.


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