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There are a total of 10 briefings for schools taking part in RSPCA's Animal Welfare: The Great Debate, providing a starting point for the research you will need to do into the subject, to ensure your team are ready for the debate!
Use the links below to download bilingual briefings for different topics:
NHS for Animals
Currently pet owners either have to pay the cost of treatment or pay for pet insurance to cover the costs. Some people think that an NHS for Animals should be set up to give treatment for free at the point that the animal needs it.
Training collars for dogs (e-collars)
E-collars are primarily used to stop unwanted behaviour by delivering an electrical stimulus.
Penalties for animal cruelty
Currently the maximum penalty for people convicted of animal cruelty offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is six months in prison and an unlimited fine. Offenders can also be banned from keeping animals.
Animals being used in service
Many animals are used in a variety of ways to help humans. These animals go through rigorous selection, training and testing over many months and years to ensure they can do their job.
Research the arguments for and against animals being used in service (PDF 228KB)
Keeping primates as pets
In the UK if you want to keep certain types of primates you have to have a licence under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. however there are primates that can be kept and bred without a licence.
Is Brexit good for animal welfare?
The UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum in 2016. From 29 March 2019, the UK will no longer be a member. This means the EU law which currently covers lots of key areas will no longer apply in the UK. A lot of law relating to animal welfare is made by the EU. We will now have to make our own choices to replace it and whether we strengthen our standards, weaken them or leave them as they are.
Animals in housing
When living in rented accommodation, tenants have to abide by the rules set by their landlord and in many cases the landlord does not allow them to have pets.
Animal Welfare in education
some people and organisations think that animal welfare should be taught in schools. Other people think that animal welfare should be taught at home and schools should be prioritising subjects as maths and science.
Hunting with dogs
The UK Parliament passed the Hunting Act in 2004 which banned the use of hunting with dogs across England and Wales. The Act has been controversial with many people both for and against the ban being in place.
Breed Specific Legislation
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) was introduced 27 years ago as part of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to restrict the ownership of certain types of dogs which are deemed to be dangerous to people.