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About Animals&Us

Animals&Us is a ground-breaking education initiative provided by SAFE.

Our vision

is that Animals & Us will advance knowledge and critical thinking about the relationship between human and non-human animals while fostering attitudes and values of compassion, respect and empathy.

Our mission

  • Provide professional resources specifically designed for the New Zealand framework.
  • Advance knowledge and critical thinking about the social, economic, political, environmental and scientific relationship between human and non-human animals.
  • The quality of the Animals & Us programme is guaranteed by SAFE’s ability to draw upon the knowledge of the most experienced animal advocates, and to combine this with the expertise of researchers, academics and teachers working in the area of human-animal studies.

Nichola Kriek (BA BMus Dip Teach)

has worked as a humane educator in New Zealand since 1994. Creating awareness of the human-animal relationship in order to promote a more compassionate and caring reality for animals has been Nichola's main aim in her work. She trusts that teachers and students will find Animals & Us compelling, stimulating and engaging.

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Animals&Us Textbooks

Animals&Us provides resources on animal issues for teachers and students in New Zealand secondary schools. Our resources are:

  • Focused on the relationship between human and non-human animals.
  • Designed for use within the New Zealand curriculum and NCEA framework.
  • Created by educators and peer-reviewed by teachers and academics.
  • Designed to advance knowledge and encourage critical thinking.
  • Designed to develop values of empathy, compassion and respect.
Battery Hen Farming in New Zealand: A Critical Evaluation
Battery Hen Farming in New Zealand: A Critical Evaluation

Designed for the English curriculum, this topical resource explores an issue that has become one of the New Zealand’s most recognised and hotly debated animal issues – the treatment of battery hens.

Animal Rights, Human Values, Social Action
Animal Rights, Human Values, Social Action

Designed for the Social Studies curriculum, this thought-provoking resource invites students to look into a social justice movement with a long history of compassion and consideration – animal rights.

Animals on Show: A Critical Analysis of the Animal Entertainment Industry
Animals on Show: A Critical Analysis of the Animal Entertainment Industry

Designed for the English, Social Studies and Science curricula, this multidisciplinary resource analyses and critically considers the use of animals for entertainment purposes.

Animals in Science: Ethical Arguements and Alternatives to Animal Experimentation
Animals in Science: Ethical Arguements and Alternatives to Animal Experimentation

Designed for the Science and Biology curricula, this resource discusses the ethics and validity of animal experiments and provides options for learning about animals scientifically without causing them harm.

Animals in Factory Farms: Thinking Critically about our Treatment of Animals
Animals in Factory Farms: Thinking Critically about our Treatment of Animals

Designed for the English, Social Studies, Science and Biology curricula, this multidisciplinary resource engages critically with the treatment of animals on factory farms.

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar”
BRADLEY MILLER