Pets - A nation of animal lovers

In 2007 the law relating to the welfare of pets in England and Wales changed. Under the Animal Welfare Act anyone who is responsible for a pet now has a legal responsibility to meet the five basic welfare needs (the five freedoms). Do your class know what they are?

This lesson introduces the concept of cruelty to animals, with a focus on pets, and whether it is deliberate or based on neglect. This lesson aims to teach pupils about the role of voluntary organisations/charities and the large number of animal welfare issues they deal with. Students should learn that we all have a responsibility towards animals and they all have different needs, they should recognise that there are laws in place to protect them.

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  • PSHE
  • Pets

Included in this lesson plan:

  • Starter activities
  • Main activities
  • Plenary activities
  • Extension activities
  • Curriculum objectives
  • Learning outcomes
  • Vocabulary
  • Factsheet
  • Teachers' notes 

Download full lesson plan: Pets - A nation of animal lovers (Word 730KB)

Other useful downloads: 

Factsheet- Animals in need (PDF 131KB)

Teachers notes- The Animal Welfare Act (PDF 120KB)