Members of the European Parliamentary Intergroup meeting in Strasbourg today listened to initiatives that are currently on-going in the field of animal welfare education during its session.

“Today’s children are the next generation of conservationists and decision makers. They are the ones who will be responsible for ensuring a strong protection of all animal species and their environment. Therefore, Member States cannot wait any longer before introducing animal welfare in their educational system at the earliest possible stage,” stated James Pirnay from the International Fund for animal Welfare during his intervention.”

Cats and dogs are two of the world’s most universal species, living side by side with people in hundreds of millions of homes and communities in every human society on this planet. Yet, on every continent and in every culture, dogs and cats continue to be subject to cruel and inhumane treatment. And a growing body of research has shown that violence against animals is connected to violence against people.

To help address the root causes of animal cruelty, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – is launching a new global educational program, Cats, Dogs and Us which introduces students ages 5-14 around the world to the many different ways that people live with cats and dogs and helps develop knowledge, skills, and empathy and respect.

IFAW also launch in 1993 Animal Action Education programme in the UK and it now operates in more than 18 countries worldwide engaging over 5,000,000 students, teachers and families around the world each year. Its goal is to educate – inspire – and empower young people and their communities to respect and protect animals and their habitats and to take positive action on behalf of animals and our shared environment

“Animal Welfare needs education. In order to take European Animal Welfare and its outreach to an upper level we need to establish a European Animal Welfare Education Reference Centre for children, youth and consumers. This centre should ideally be part of the future Network of Animal Welfare Reference Centres” added Monika Hametter from Tierschutz macht Schule.

During her intervention Ms Hametter called for the creation of a European Animal Welfare Education Reference Centre and advocated for the integration of Animal Welfare Education for children, the youth and consumers in a possible EU Animal Welfare Framework Law.

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