Animals can experience pleasure, pain and suffering. When humans interact with animals we have a responsibility and often a legal duty to safeguard their welfare.
These messages are at the heart of WSPA’s educational aims – to develop compassion, a sense of justice and respect for animals and people. Education also reveals how animal welfare is also crucial to people and the environment.
With an understanding of key animal welfare principles, people come to understand and appreciate the role that we can all play in improving the lives of the world's animals.
Our aims are in line with the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), which runs until 2015.
WSPA’s worldwide animal welfare education teams work on programs designed for teachers, students and professionals, ultimately reaching many thousands of children and adults with a message of compassion.
Running in Central and South America, Africa and Asia, our educational programs take three main forms:
1. First Concepts in Animal Welfare
This introductory-level education program looks at animals, people and the environment. It includes:
Our training for teachers working with 5-16 year olds (previously known as International Animal Welfare Education) has been endorsed by the UNESCO regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Chile and Peru, and by the International Association of Human–Animal Interaction Organisations (IAHAIO).
2. Advanced concepts in Animal Welfare
This area of our work is home to all educational activity on more complex animal welfare concepts and has two main programs:
We also advise colleagues across WSPA's work areas on incorporating sound educational aspects to their programs, for both professionals and wider audiences.
To find out more about any aspect of WSPA’s education work, contact: email@example.com