In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Mike Farley about bringing animal protection into schools. If you have never thought of this before you are going to be blown away. We talk about history books, class trips, dissections, and more! Animals are being exploited right before our children’s eyes! You’ll hear about what you can do about it, how to make a difference and the Educators For Animals Conference Mike has created that takes place this August.
Mike Farley has been teaching middle and high school Geography for 20 years in Toronto. Over the past decade, he has explored animal protection with his students, including running virtual field trips to animal sanctuaries during the pandemic. Mike is a frequent presenter at conferences in Canada and the U.S. on topics such as human rights, environmental issues, and animal protection. He is currently finishing his graduate degree in Humane Education and working on curriculum projects for the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. Mike is also starting an organization called Educators for Animals Canada that is bringing together educators from across the country who are incorporating animal protection into their school communities. In 2014, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented Mike with the ‘Innovation in Geography Teaching’ award, the highest honour for Geography teaching in Canada.
In this episode we discuss:
- The journey
- Educators for animals conference
- Animal protection, wildlife and farming industry
- Backlash from admin
- Animal exploitation in schools
- The fur trade
- Animals in history
- Educators For Animals Conference
- Voicing your opinion
Links to things we mentioned:
I Am A Peaceful Goldfish by Shoshana Chaim – (Canada link)
I Am A Peaceful Goldfish by Shoshana Chaim – (USA link)
Get a signed copy of I Am A Peaceful Goldfish by Shoshana Chaim
Beyond Carnism and Improving Relationships with Dr. Melanie Joy – PTP264
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