Education and Animal Welfare
February 13, 2019
RSPCA Cymru has long worked to ensure that animal welfare is considered in education and within the national curriculum. Animals play a significant role in children’s lives from their family pets to their dinner plates. By educating young people about the welfare needs of animals, we can help them to become better pet owners in the future and reduce the potential for animals to suffer.
A YouGov Poll for RSPCA Cymru in 2017 found that 75 percent* of people in Wales agree that children should be taught about animal welfare from a young age and 54 percent* believe that it should be taught within the national curriculum for Wales. By educating young people about the welfare needs of animals, we can help them to become better pet owners in the future and reduce the potential for animals to suffer.
Unfortunately not all children have families and friends who set good examples about respecting the lives of animals and being kind to animals doesn’t always come naturally. When children learn about animal welfare, they’re more likely to enjoy healthy relationships with animals and people throughout their lives. By developing young people’s knowledge about the sentience of animals, we can inspire the next generation of animal lovers, creating a future that is kinder to animals.
Across England and Wales the RSPCA has launched a new education prevention scheme called ‘Generation Kind’, which contains a set of ambitious and innovative projects that aim to nurture and encourage the value of kindness, empathy and compassion towards all animals within children and young people.
Generation Kind will focus on three key areas with the following projects:
Initial Teacher Training
Animal Action Days
Breaking the Chain
*These figures are from YouGov lc. total sample size was 1,103 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10-13 January 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative (politically) of all Welsh adults (18+).