South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous supports RSPCA to improve animal welfare among youngsters

Generation Kind - teaching compassion for animals to young people

South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous attended the RSPCA’s drop-in in the House of Commons and met with Chief Executive Chris Sherwood to hear about its Generation Kind’ initiative helps teach compassion to new generations and work to protect animals in South West Bedfordshire.

Research by the RSPCA revealed that nearly a quarter of school children aged 10-18 have witnessed animal cruelty and neglect on social media. Generation Kind, the charity’s biggest ever education and prevention programme, was developed to help address this.

Chief Executive, Chris Sherwood, said: “It’s great that Andrew Selous MP attended our drop in event to find out how we help animals in their constituency.

Our frontline officers see some really horrific suffering and our research revealed that children as young as 10 have seen cruelty and attacks in social media videos and posts which is worrying.

We are working hard to create a generation of children who treat animals with kindness, compassion and respect through Generation Kind - a series of projects working with youngsters at risk of offending, animal care sessions for children in care and also talks and competitions for primary and secondary school children designed to make them think about animal welfare.”

The RSPCA has been protecting animals since its foundation in 1824. To this day, they are increasing their work to prevent cruelty occurring in the first place and to educate the next generation of animal lovers.

Andrew Selous MP attended the RSPCA’s drop-in in the House of Commons to hear more about the charity’s work.

Andrew said: “As an dog owner and animal lover myself I’m proud to support the RSPCA and the work that they do to protect animal welfare in South West Bedfordshire. It was fantastic to hear about their work and to thank them on behalf of the animal lovers in our area for all that they do.

“However, I am saddened that young children are being exposed to horrific incidents of animal suffering online, in ways previous generations have simply not experienced. We all have a duty to raise the next generation to be kind and compassionate to animals and I will continue to work closely with the RSPCA to help improve standards of animal welfare in South West Bedfordshire and across the UK.”

More details about the RSPCA Generation Kind campaign can be found here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/education