By JASON GIMA WURI
THE Royal Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been conducting education workshops this week in partnership with the charity based Buk bilong Pikinini with the aim to increase animal care and prevention of cruelty towards animals.
The RSPCA believes that “educating the public in the needs and care of their animals will provide a better future for all”.
This workshop is part of the RSPCA’s newly launched campaign aimed towards all local school children to raise awareness about the prevention of animal cruelty and to educate the youth on the importance of proper animal care.
RSPCA marketing coordinator Salote Vagi said that RSPCA PNG initiated the human education programme in March last year and since its inception, more than 7,600 elementary level students in schools in NCD and nearby villages have participated in the programme.
“My team of six local presenters from the RSPCA has been visiting the Buk bilong Pikinini library which is an independent registered charity based in Port Moresby.
“Their focus is on early learning through the introduction of small libraries and this week, children at the two libraries at 6-Mile and Lawes Road had an educational visit from the RSPCA education team,” Ms Vagi said.
She said through the education programme, she hoped people would have empathy towards animals because it was important for our society as a whole.
“It eliminates animal cruelty and the possibility of our young children becoming abusive when they grow up,” she said.