Humane Educator and Student Honored

Emmanuelle Boshee and Emily Taylor, Humane student and educator of the year

Every year, AAVS education division, Animalearn, honors an educator and student who have had a positive impact in advocating for humane science education and the use of dissection alternatives.

The 2017 Humane Educator of the Year is Emily Taylor, Camp Coordinator at the Valley Humane Society (VHS) in Pleasanton, California. Emily was selected for her success in incorporating humane science teaching tools into VHS’s Humane Hero Summer Camp, which serves over 75 students annually and explores activities and issues affecting animals and animal-friendly alternatives.

“One of my goals is to empo wer students to pursue their education in any subject, at any level, without causing unnecessary suffering,” said Taylor. “Many of our campers are initially unaware, not only of the many available alternatives to dissection and other uses of animals, but that these alternatives are often academically superior.”

“We are proud to honor Emily Taylor as our Humane Educator of the Year because of her commitment to teaching empathy and compassion to the youth in her community,” said Animalearn Director, Nicole Green.

Planning ahead, Taylor obtained funding from the City of Pleasanton Youth Commission to offer scholarships to several under-served youth in the community who would not otherwise be able to attend the Humane Heroes Camp next summer.

Animalearn’s 2017 Humane Student of the Year is Minnesota teen Emmanuelle Boschee, selected for taking a stand against fetal pig dissection in her Prior Lake High School biology class. A long-time vegetarian, Emmanuelle was upset to learn about the fetal pig dissection lab.

“There’s just something not morally right about cutting into an animal that was given neither the chance nor the choice to live,” she said. Using alternatives from Animalearn’s The Science Bank, “I was able to pass my test with flying colors.”

“Emmanuelle Boschee is a compassionate soul and she was the clear choice to be honored as our Humane Student of the Year,” said Green. “I applaud students like her who take bold steps to shine a spotlight on the archaic practice of dissection.”

Every year, Animalearn awards each Humane Educator and Student of the Year $1,000 worth of dissection alternatives that are then donated to honorees’ education programs and/or schools

Press Release: Humane Student of the Year

Press Release: Humane Educator of the Year