It can be challenging to teach kids about the plight of farmed animals — especially when those kids aren’t your offspring. What might be most effective in reaching adults with the truth about animals — such as showing them grueling footage that’s representative of standard animal agriculture practices — might not be appropriate for young children. That’s where humane education can come in — using creative, but not unduly traumatic, approaches to help children understand what animals go and why it must stop.
One such creative approach can be found in Australia, where the RSPCA recently made headlines for its “education mobility unit” which mimics a battery cage, but is human size. The kids eagerly take turns crowding into the cage, providing a hands-on and frighteningly accurate experience of what hens go through for the entirety of their short lives. Of course, the big difference is that the kids can eventually get out.