In accordance with its statutes, the foundation is committed to animal welfare and nature conservation. A special emphasis of the activities lies thereby on the work with children and young people, in order to give them a responsible handling with the animals as fellow creatures. At the same time, therapeutic measures are taken within the framework of individual projects to alleviate the long-term consequences of e.g. illnesses in traumatised children by dealing with animals. Animal welfare education and visit programs for children and young people in animal welfare institutions as well as special educational offers in school facilities round off the activities of the foundation.
In order to sensitize city children to animal welfare and nature conservation, we have developed the concept of the animal welfare room with the support of the animal welfare association aktion tier - menschen für tiere e.V. (Animal Welfare Association). Animal protection teaching rooms are places, in which children can inform themselves without pressure to perform about topics such as kind-fair domestic animal husbandry, game in free nature or the origin of animal products. Places where they can develop, read and explore their own small projects. Unfortunately, such topics are still not included in school curricula.
Teaching rooms for animal protection are rooms equipped by us in educational institutions such as schools, day-care centers and after-school care centers, where children and young people can inform themselves in their free time about topics such as species-appropriate pet keeping, wild animals in the wild or the origin of animal food. Where they can develop their own small projects and implement, read and explore them in everyday school life. In 2012 a campaign was launched by the Menschen für Tiere foundation under the heading "12 districts - 12 teaching rooms for animal protection" and designed a corresponding number of these rooms in schools in Berlin.
This project was made known to a broad public by starting a campaign at Berlin's Alexanderplatz and was prepared together with the participating schools in the following months. The first teaching room for animal welfare in was put into operation on 26th of November 2012 during a ceremony at the all-day school “Hohes Feld” in Berlin. Almost 400 children enthusiastically took possession of "their project".
List of our teaching rooms: