Animal Writes
5 May 1999 Issue

Be Kind To Animals Week
May 2-8, 1999

American Humane Association (AHA)

Be Kind to Animals Week was established by the American Humane
Association to remind us of the debt humankind owes to the other animals
of the earth. A hundred years ago, common opinion held that animals were
here only for us to use -- and abuse, if need be -- for our profit. But in 1877,
several groups courageously defied the status quo, joining together to form
the American Humane Association (AHA) whose goal was to be a national
voice on behalf of those who had none -- the animals.

To bring further attention to this new perspective of helping animals, the AHA
established in 1915 the country's first national week for animals -- Be Kind to
Animals Week. This unique approach to reaching the public was the inspira-
tion of the young organization's leader at the time, Dr. William O. Stillman.

The nation's first Be Kind to Animals Week was orchestrated by 43 state
committees armed with three goals:

- To encourage the clergy to spread the message about kindness
to animals by observing Humane Sunday (the Sunday launching the
first Be Kind to Animals Week)

- To reach children with the message of being humane by visiting schools

- To publicize the good works of the nation's humane societies

To learn more about Be Kind to Animals Week, visit the AHA web site at:
Email: [email protected]


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