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Animal Welfare Council

The Animal Welfare Council is offering a free education program, Lessons About the Unwanted Horse.

Animal Welfare Council
June 13, 2013

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The curriculum is suitable for use in youth activity settings such as 4-H, Girl or Boy Scouts or Pony Club. (Journal photo)

The Animal Welfare Council is offering a free education program, Lessons About the Unwanted Horse, to serve as rainy-day material for riding instructors, camp counselors and parents.
 
The research-based, six-lesson curriculum covers the issue – a surplus of horses, a shortage of homes – from a factual and historical perspective as it delves into:

  • The causes, statistics and possible solutions
  • The effects of state and national legislation (presently being broadly covered in the media)
  • The role of animal welfare and animal rights organizations in defining “humane” horse management
  • The responsibilities of horse ownership and more
 

The underlying message reinforced in all six lessons is the vital importance of conscious, responsible ownership as the key to the truly humane treatment of horses. Each thought-provoking lesson includes goals, background information, a teaching outline and resources for further study, plus student activities meant to underscore the lesson in various entertaining ways.  
 
AWC is offering the program at no cost through its website; it is downloadable, either as a package or in parts, at www.animalwelfarecouncil.org. The curriculum is suitable for use in youth activity settings such as 4-H, Girl or Boy Scouts or Pony Club, as well as in traditional classrooms and home school programs. Lessons are designed for the 10-12 age group, but can be easily modified for older students.

Animal Welfare Council members support the use of animals in recreation, entertainment, industry and sports. The organization is dedicated to advancing the responsible and humane use of animals in these activities. For more information about the AWC, visit www.animalwelfarecouncil.org.