Animal Welfare: The Great Debate
Animal welfare debates are an exciting way for students to discover and explore our responsibilities towards animals and their habitats.
Our debate materials and programmes are designed to promote a kinder future for all animals, by encouraging young people to learn about animal welfare and the work of the RSPCA.
They also aim to teach children about important government and citizenship topics, alongside developing key skills in research and public speaking.
How to get involved
Watch the 2021 Debate Mate Grand Finals
This year, we've partnered with Debate Mate to offer primary and secondary schools a fun and rewarding experience debating RSPCA topics for the Grand Final of the Debate Mate Cup 2021.
Register to watch the Grand Finals online from 4.30-5.30pm GMT on:
The recorded debate highlights will also be available on the Debate Mate YouTube channel at a later time.
Host a debate through your school or debate club
Please see our debating animal welfare lesson plan for information and guidance about how to host your own animal welfare debate.
In addition to the topics recommended in the lesson plan, we have additional briefing sheets for debate topics in England and Wales:
We want to hear from you
We would love to hear from you about your experience debating these topics.
To let us know you¿ve hosted an animal welfare debate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or post on social media with the hashtag #rspcaeducation.
What to do after your debates
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