Local MP, Caroline Dinenage attended the RSPCA’s drop-in in the House of Commons and met with Chief Executive Chris Sherwood to hear about how its Generation Kind initiative helps teach compassion to our children and about their work to protect animals in the Gosport Constituency.
Research by the RSPCA revealed that nearly a quarter of school children aged 10-18 have witnessed animal cruelty and neglect on social media. Generation Kind, the charity’s biggest ever education and prevention programme, was developed to help address this.
Chief Executive, Chris Sherwood, said:
“It’s great that Caroline attended our drop in event to find out how we help animals in her constituency. Our frontline officers see some really horrific suffering and our research revealed that children as young as 10 have seen cruelty and attacks in social media videos and posts which is worrying.
We are working hard to create a generation of children who treat animals with kindness, compassion and respect through Generation Kind - a series of projects working with youngsters at risk of offending, animal care sessions for children in care and also talks and competitions for primary and secondary school children designed to make them think about animal welfare.”
The RSPCA has been protecting animals since its foundation in 1824. To this day, they are increasing their work to prevent cruelty occurring in the first place and to educate the next generation of animal lovers.
Caroline attended the RSPCA’s drop-in in the House of Commons to hear more about the charity’s work.
Commenting, Caroline said:
“I’m proud to support the RSPCA and the work that they do to protect animal welfare in the Gosport Constituency. I was lucky enough to go out on patrol with an RSPCA officer in Gosport a few years ago and was keen to hear about their latest work and thank them on behalf of the animal lovers in our area.
It’s disturbing to learn that so many young children have been exposed to incidents of animal suffering online. We all have a duty to raise the next generation to be compassionate to animals.”
More details about the RSPCA Generation Kind campaign can be found here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/education