West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas attended a drop-in event at the House of Commons to hear about the RSPCA’s ‘Generation Kind’ initiative which helps teach compassion to new generations and works to protect animals.
Research by the animal protection charity shows 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, has been developed to help address this, working with youngsters at risk of offending, providing 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.
Mr Thomas said: “I am very impressed with the Generation Kind project and the way it teaches children to treat animals with kindness, compassion and respect.
“We all have a duty to raise the next generation to be kind and compassionate to animals and I will continue to work closely with the RSPCA to help improve standards of animal welfare in West Cornwall.”