ANIMAL welfare will be the hot topic for discussion at an event involving six schools and an expert guest panel in Cardiff Bay this Friday [5 June].

RSPCA Cymru will be holding its first ever school debate ‘Animal Welfare: The Great Debate’ at Siambr Hywel at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay. The event forms part of RSPCA Week which kicks off today [1 June - 7 June].

logo stacked swallow bgThe event will involve six schools – Cowbridge Comprehensive, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, Radyr Comprehensive, Westbourne School, Penarth and Cardiff High School – who have chosen students to each speak on the topic of ‘Whose responsibility is animal welfare?’

Students from each of the schools will be taking it in turns to propose and oppose why different stakeholders should be responsible for animal welfare. Each school has been given a different stakeholder to consider – Local Government, owners/public, Welsh Government, vets, police and the RSPCA. Up to two students from each school will also act as Media Officers during the day, in a bid to develop their journalism skills.

There will also be a ‘Question Time’ session with an expert panel which will include RSPCA Cymru superintendent Martyn Hubbard along with representatives from the police, Welsh Government, the public, Local Authorities and vets.

RSPCA Cymru’s head of external affairs, Claire Lawson, said: “We are delighted to be able to hold our first ever school debate at the National Assembly for Wales during RSPCA Week to promote the importance of animal welfare.

“We are very much looking forward to hearing the arguments and insights the students will bring forward on the day and also to the special ‘Question Time’ session with an expert panel.

“In advance of this event I would like to thank everyone who will be giving up their time to take part and also to Christine Chapman AM who has sponsored the event.”

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