On 3rd July, four of our Key Stage 3 students attended The Great Debate at the House of Commons. Organised by the RSPCA, Tristan, Olivia, Thomas and Tyler took on the subject of ‘Animal Export’ in the debate with teams from other schools from across the South East. This is the first debate event for young people focusing on animal welfare to be held in England and at Westminster itself.
The students had prepared to go head to head over the issues of live exports, tougher sentencing for animal cruelty offenders, keeping primates as pets and using wild animals in circuses.
Prior to the event, David Allen, head of education at the RSPCA, said: “The Great Debate is an opportunity to encourage young people, and adults in Westminster, to talk about some of the pressing animal welfare issues.”
“It’s vital that we open up the debate on animal welfare to the younger generation and it will be very interesting to see the attitudes and opinions of students.”
Mr Allen added: “At the RSPCA our aim is to develop informed, responsible and compassionate citizens of the future, and this event gives young people the opportunity to explore some of the pressing welfare issues facing animals today and in the future.”
Well done to all the students and Mr Wallen (Head of RE) for organising our delegation.