TEACH CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL WELFARE & COMPASSION AS PART OF SCHOOL CURRICULUM

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It is very important for Children to learn how to show love and compassion to each other and to animals. They learn from family members and peers how to treat an animal, whether that be their own pet or wildlife.

A lot of children do not grow up experiencing the love of an animal and sadly some don't understand that  ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS TOO !

Sadly the incidences of animal neglect and cruelty are increasing. I believe we could educate children better and equip them with the fact that most of the animals on our planet need us to survive and live happy and safe lives.

I work in the Veterinary environment and have met children who think that animals feel no pain, children who for example hate cats or certain other species - to the point that they actually think it's ok to hurt them.

WHY DO SOME CHILDREN BEHAVE LIKE THIS?

Sadly a lot of adults seem to get great pleasure out of harming and even killing animals, their children see this and think that this is acceptable.

There are many petitions asking for tougher sentences for animal abusers, yet things are not changing. I believe that if we educate children from an early age how to treat animals and how important it is to care for their environment then in years to come we will hopefully see a decline in animal cruelty and neglect.

This petition is to ask the Department of Education to teach children from an early age about the importance of Animal Welfare and the environment.

You may think this should be taught by parents, the answer is YES it should. But if the family does not own a pet or has no interest in animals then this is is unlikely to happen. There is no curriculum for parents.

Let's teach children to understand animals and to treat them with kindness and respect.

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