Caring for Animals

CONTEXT ARTICLE

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nteracting with other living creatures is ingrained in our DNA and comes naturally to most of us because we are, after all, animals ourselves.

As the dominant species on earth, some people justify cruelty and unkindness towards other living creatures as being an inevitable and an acceptable consequence of the natural hierarchy of things.

However, we are intellectual beings. We differ from other animals because we possess a conscience and hence have the ability to make objective choices based on our own sense of right and wrong.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi:

 “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

How we treat animals says a lot about who we are both as individuals as a society. The ‘Caring for Animals’ module is a fun exploration of how looking after animals makes us feel good too!

CORE MESSAGES

• Good people are kind to animals.

• Domestic and farm animals rely on us for their well being.

• If you love and care for your pets they will return that love to you.

• Do not approach animals you do not know, even if they look friendly.

• If you come across a sick or injured animal, do not try and approach or touch it. It is best to notify an adult you know.

QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION

• What do you like best about animals?

• How should we treat animals?

• How should we look after our own pets?

• What will you do if you come across an injured animal?

OUR MANTRA

“To animals always be kind,

because in them

a friend you will find!”

DOWNLOADS

ANIMAL ID FUN

Print and link up the names to the animals on the sheet.

A4 HOME WALL POSTER

Print these posters as part of a set.

Collect one for each Topic.

CERTIFICATE

For a bit of fun, here’s a completion certificate to print out and complete.

Try to collect them all!