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You might assume that children would naturally be kind to animals without having to be taught, but that’s not always true. Some children don’t have an instinct for being gentle, and not all children have peers who set good examples.

Children can learn from family members and peers how to treat an animal, whether that be their own pet or wildlife. What if that family member doesn't respect animals or shows cruelty towards animals?

Teaching compassion for animals can help children develop empathy for all living things. Encouraging respect for animal habitats could play an important role in teaching kids about protecting the environment.

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.

R.S.P.C.A. (quote)

★ The inclusion of animal welfare within the National Curriculum would increase public understanding of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, ensuring children leave school with respect for animals and a basic understanding of how to care for them.

★ By utilising their desire to learn more about animals and how humans can help them, educating children from an early age will result in positive change for animals and society as a whole.   

Around 30% of people in the UK are aware of the Animal Welfare Act and the five welfare needs. This is a figure we need to change and I believe education from an early age is the only way forward.            

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.

Imagine what an interesting lesson this would be, children could learn so much. A recent survey showed that a high percentage of teachers currently working in the UK would fully approve this lesson in the curriculum.


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