How the SPCA movement began

Posted on 2019-03-06 10:39:45

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The first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was organised in England in 1824. Its driving purpose was to prevent the abuse of carriage horses. The first American SPCA opened in New York in 1866. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA, founded on 20 May 1872, was the first SPCA in our country.

The SPCA is a non-governmental organisation. Registered as a non-profit organisation, it is dependent on public funding and donations and hugely values the devotion of volunteers. A vital contribution has always come from animal-lovers who leave a bequest in their wills because they want to feel that they have directly benefited animals in need.

People need to know how they can help prevent cruelty to animals. In addition to donating, there are many other ways. Volunteering is one, of course. Modelling kindness in everyday life is another. 

The process of teaching children to care about animals needs to begin early. All children need to be brought up to be kind, and an obvious way is for parents to model kindness in their everyday lives. Teachers often do not realise the influence they can have in their classrooms. Every teacher can encourage kindness and tell stories about animal intelligence and the love they spontaneously give to humans.

Being kind in all aspects of our lives is something we all can do.



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