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New book aims to teach children importance of being kind to animals

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by Gemma Handy

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The importance of empathy and being kind to animals is on the coronary heart of a brand new book being distributed to hundreds of native major schoolchildren.

The colouring book produced by the Humane Society aims to teach kids every thing from correctly caring for his or her pets to understanding animal behaviour.

The society hopes it should reap dividends in children’s social abilities and future prospects, says its president Karen Corbin.

“It will be entertaining for the child but we are also hoping that parents and teachers will use the book as a teaching tool,” she defined.

“It’s so important that children learn to look after animals; there’s a very established link between cruelty to animals and human violence, such as domestic abuse, and we are hoping to reach the children at a tender age.”

Corbin stated the book additionally highlights how having a pet to look after can increase kids’ vanity.

“They go home from school, maybe they’ve had a bad day, they sit with Frisky and Frisky listens, they pet Frisky and Frisky loves them no matter what,” she added.

Five thousand copies of the book at the moment are being distributed to greater than 80 native faculties. The textual content has been written by Corbin and the colourful designs created with help from Humane Society volunteer Sam Plowman.

Cartoon pictures present children how to deal with animals kindly, how to bathe and groom them, and to guarantee they all the time have enough meals and water.

Plowman, from Yorkshire within the UK, has been in Antigua since March by way of the nation’s digital nomad programme. She has been serving to out on the Bethesda-based Humane Society which, as well as to working to enhance animal welfare, runs the famed Donkey Sanctuary together with a shelter for canine and cats.

Plowman instructed Observer she had been delighted to help with the publication.

“I am an absolute animal lover; I work with the cats, the dogs, I clean them out, I just started doing training with the dogs and I help care for the donkeys,” she instructed Observer.

Plowman added that the animals depicted within the book embody a number of of the sanctuary’s present four-legged residents.

Yesterday morning, Jennings Primary School turned the primary college to obtain copies of the book.

“The children have missed a lot of contact time due to the pandemic and so some necessary skills have been underdeveloped,” defined Deputy Principal Mariella Miller.

“The book helps them to see these skills are important so, while colouring, they develop those attributes needed to interact with their peers, such as empathy, concern, care, generosity and love.”

Ten-year-old pupil Jahreal Lehkem was one of the primary recipients.

“What I like about the book is all the animals in there, which are very fun to play with,” he instructed Observer.

“At residence I’ve a cow, a donkey and a rabbit. The rabbit’s identify is Rex and my cow identify is Betty.

“If you look after animals they might come back to help you if you are in danger,” he added.

The book was created as half of the Humane Society’s landmark 30th anniversary celebrations.