Call for animal welfare in education

Animals play a significant role in children's lives from their family pets to their dinner plates. How humans care for and consider the lives of animals is central to reducing levels of suffering - both deliberate and through lack of knowledge.

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

97 percent of school aged pupils said that learning about animals’ needs is important.

Join our campaign calling on the Governments in England and Wales to include animal welfare in education.

Teach animal welfare in education

Animals play a significant role in our lives and their health, welfare and access to safe habitats is dependent on the actions of humans. Education experts believe that teaching children to care for and respect animals from an early age can bring about positive change for children and animals and surveys have highlighted that the majority of teachers would teach lessons about care for animals.

Encouraging empathy and compassion for living beings is important for young people’s personal development and would result in a step-change improvement in some of the welfare issues that impact the lives of animals today such as neglect, litter and farming practices. These are important life skills that will also benefit society as a whole.

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