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SAFE wants humane treatment of animals in curriculum

SAFE wants humane treatment of animals in curriculum

August 9th, 2018

SAFE calling for humane treatment of animals to be taught in schools following teenagers’ involvement in seal shooting.

SAFE says four teenagers’ involvement in the shooting of a protected  leopard seal near Dargaville shows a desperate need for compulsory  animal education in schools.

The animal was fatally shot in the face at Glinks Gully Beach two weeks  ago.  The police have now identified four teenagers, two aged 15 and two  16, in relation to the attack.

SAFE spokesperson Hans Kriek says it is completely unacceptable to have teenagers in society who think shooting seals is fun.

“When we have 15 and 16 year olds involved in senseless violence to  animals, we need to ask ourselves what we as a society have done to  contribute to this behaviour,” he says.

“Teaching values and attitudes of compassion and respect to animals needs to be part of our curriculum. It’s time New Zealand made humane  education compulsory in schools.”

SAFE’s education programme, Animals & Us, has been promoting and  fostering compassionate and respectful attitudes towards animals for  over a decade.  The programme’s textbooks are aimed for use within the  NCEA curriculum and cover topics including animal rights, factory  farming, and animal experimentation.

“If we want to live in a society where kindness and respect are  important values it’s time we started rewarding and encouraging those  behaviours in our young people,” says Mr Kriek.



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