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Why Does an Animal Shelter Care About Bullying?

Fact: Hurt people hurt animals and people.

The connection between the various forms of violence has been extensively studied and researched. This research has found*:

People, abused by people, often abuse animals. People who abuse animals often also abuse people. And so the cycle goes.

So how can we stop the cycle of violence towards animals and people?

By promoting social and emotional development in students. Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Students who participate in programs that emphasize social and emotional learning have:

And their impact is long lasting. A 2017 research study finds that SEL (social emotional learning) programs benefit children for months and even years.**

"We are what we repeatedly do."


If you have any questions about the No More Bullying!® Curriculum, please contact Ashley Stanley, Humane Education Manager. 

*The above information was collected from numerous published sources, primarily the National Link Coalition, the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the American Humane Association and the United States Department of Justice. 

** Information collected from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional (CASEL) www.casel.org