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The Great Debate

Throughout March, we held the regional heats for our annual event ‘Animal Welfare: The Great Debate’. The heats were held across Wales, in Council Chambers, and students debated for and against important animal welfare issues.

School children at the 2018 Great Debate

Six schools have been chosen to go through to the final on 22 June in the National Assembly for Wales to debate ‘who is responsible for animal welfare’. The schools through to the finals are as follows:

Cardiff High; Plasmawr; Builth Wells; Ysgol Tryfan; Pembroke School; Ysgol Bryntawe

Congratulations and good luck to them all!

Representatives from each school will debate the merits of different organisations having primary responsibility for animal welfare.

RSPCA Head of Education David Allen said:

We are proud to, once again, hold the Great Debate event at the National Assembly for Wales, with school pupils offering amazing arguments to a question which should focus everyone’s mind – who is responsible for animal welfare.
This is an excellent event, and the schools really embraced the opportunity it gives them – from discussing animal welfare at a venue at the heart of democracy in Wales, to acting as media officers, touring the Senedd, quizzing the Welsh Government.
The pupils clearly thought animal welfare should play a key role in the school journey – and that’s so welcome.

Winners of Pembrookshire heat of the Great Debate

The RSPCA has created free lesson plans for teachers, linked to the English and Welse curriculum, to help support teachers in bringing animal welfare to life in the classroom.