Identifying cruelty

Identifying cruelty

In this activity, young people read newspaper reports about real incidents that the RSPCA has been involved in. They use the five freedoms to help them decide whether the animals in each story suffered. 

Young people will:

  • develop an understanding that cruelty happens when our actions, or lack of action, cause suffering
  • be able to identify what the suffering is in relation to specific cases, referring to the five freedoms.

Before doing this activity, we suggest you run some of the activities in the Basic needs and sentience section.

Number of participants: You can run these activities with just one person or in a small group.

How long it will take: The activities will take about 30 to 60 minutes.

Included in this guide:

  • Activity sheets
  • Facilitators' notes