What is animal cruelty?

As a guide to which of the sections below to use with the young person, we suggest that you use the online assessment tool Developing a suitable intervention programme (Word 17KB).


What is missing?

What is missing?

In this group of activities, young people develop an understanding that cruelty means causing suffering, either because of something you have done, or something you have omitted to do. They will learn how to identify suffering in relation to specific cases and relate this back to the five freedoms.

Before you do this activity, it would be best to do some activities from the Basic welfare needs and sentience section, particularly the Smiley face activity

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 15 to 30 minutes.

 

Download full facilitation guide: What is missing? (Word 2MB)
 

Included in this guide:

  • Activity sheets
  • Facilitators' notes
  • Fact sheets

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