HUMANE ESSAY & POSTER CONTESTS
06 Jun. 2012
HUMANE ESSAY AND POSTER CONTESTS
In celebration of Be Kind to Animals Awareness Month and Earth Day and to promote humane education, the Humane Society of New York sponsored essay and poster contests for elementary school students in Manhattan and Nassau County. The response from the teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive. We received more than 1500 submissions.
What makes these contests so important is that they encourage the teaching of humane education and provide young students with an opportunity to think and write/draw about kindness and respect towards animals. The vast majority of essays and posters demonstrated concern for animals and give us hope that our future generation will view animals with compassion and strive to provide animals with greater protection and rights.
Special thanks to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal for sponsoring these contests with the Humane Society of New York.
The winners attended a ceremony where they received a certificate from the sponsoring politicians and gifts from the Humane Society of New York. The students’ families, teachers, and principals also attended the ceremonies.
Nassau County Humane Essay Contest
Co-sponsored with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano
In conjunction with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, the Humane Society of New York held its ninth annual humane essay contest in CountyNassau. The topic of this year's contest which was open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Nassau County was: ““Pretend you are an animal. Tell humans what they should do to help your species and to make this world more humane for all animals.” The students wrote about more than 100 species and discussed numerous animal protection issues, such as puppy mills, abandonment, animal fighting, hunting, pollution, habitat destruction, animal testing, global warming, and farm animal abuse. As one student eloquently stated, “We can all change the way animals live by controlling our actions.”
A special thank you to NassauCounty Executive Edward Mangano for
co-sponsoring this event with the Humane Society of New York and to his assistant, Kim Collins, for all of her efforts to make this contest such a big success year after year.
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal Humane Poster/Essay Contest/Manhattan District 67
In conjunction with Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, the Humane Society of New York held a humane essay and poster contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in the 67th district of Manhattan. The topic was: “If I could wave a magic wand, what would I do to make this world better for animals?” The posters were beautiful and creative and the essays were well-written and heartfelt. Most poignantly, some students wanted to use their wands not only to change the difficult conditions under which some animals live but also to make humans kinder. As one student stated—why continue to change habitats if humans will continue to destroy them? It would be better to change how humans view animals so that the future well-being of animals could be ensured. One student suggested that the wand could be used to have humans change places with animals for just one day to see how difficult life can be for so many species.
A special thank you to Assemblymember Rosenthal, not only for
co-sponsoring this event with the Humane Society of New York, but also for sponsoring at our request and getting passed a New York State resolution declaring May, 2012, ‘ Be Kind to Animals Month’ in New York State.
A special thank you also to Jacob Nyman, Lauren Schuster, Nick Smith, and Paul Sawyier in Assemblymember Rosenthal’s office, for all of their efforts to make this contest such a big success.