5 December 2019

Educational Materials for Children

Appeal to Washington Governor on Petition Denial by the Office of Public Instruction


On Nov. 23, 2019, Attorney Adam P. Karp submitted the following Appeal to the Governor of Washington State on behalf of

Adam P. Karp, WSB No. 28622
Attorney for Petitioners




Issue: On Aug. 29, 2019, Attorney Adam P. Karp petitioned the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to comply with the state’s legislative mandates to give instruction in such studies as may be prescribed by rule of the superintendent of public instruction, and for all teachers to stress the importance of the minimum requisites for good health and the worth of kindness to all living creatures and the land.


On Oct. 25, 2019, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction denied the petition. Hence, this Appeal to the Governor. Read the Appeal and Petition here: Appeal to Governor on Denial of Petition.

The problem at the heart of the Petition and the Appeal is summed up by Attorney Adam P. Karp in his Appeal:

“The precept of kindness to animals is lost in the Washington learning standards. The word ‘animal’ does not appear once in the Integrated Environmental and Sustainability Standards. And while the Washington Science Learning Standards use the word ‘animal’ frequently, they neither intend nor imply kindness, nor educate on animal sentience and sapience, although such concepts possess an undeniable scientific pedigree far removed from the mechanomorphic perspective of the centuries-old, fallacious Cartesian model and are otherwise wholly germane to biology classes.”

We will keep our members updated on the progress of this effort. — United Poultry Concerns