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Dear Educators

How fast the world in changing! Gone is the old maxim whereby ‘children are to be seen and not heard’. Research currently taking place at Queens University in Ireland, suggests that children’s voices must become central to decision-making.

With special focus on the UN’s legally-binding Right of the Child not to be exposed to violence against animals (see GC26) researchers also point to Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children who are capable of forming a view must be afforded the right to express these views freely in all matters affecting them, and that such views must be given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.


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In order for The Humane Education Trust to make a contribution to this potentially world-changing research, please see our invitation to all children below, and encourage participation where possible:

Learners, your voice is important and will be heard by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the United Nations:

You are therefore invited to participate in research currently underway at Queens University, to help understand the impact on children of witnessing violence inflicted on an animal. Such violence could be in the domain of domestic violence against pets, violence against homeless animals, religious sacrifice rituals, trophy hunting, marine life slaughter, or other.

Comments will be passed on to the World Link Coalition and, in turn, to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Please fill in the form.


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