From Wildlife Extra:
Online pack to educate children about wildlife crime
January 2014: Children in Scotland will be taught about the impact of wildlife crime and how they can help combat the problem through a new online wildlife crime detectives’ education pack.
The interactive pack will help to raise children’s awareness of wildlife crime issues and increase their knowledge of legitimate countryside practices. Children will be encouraged to explore the moral issues surrounding wildlife crime while learning important safety messages.
The Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change and chair of PAW Scotland, Paul Wheelhouse, said:
“This new education pack provides an interactive way to educate and excite young people about our wildlife and help them to understand the damaging effects wildlife crime can have on Scotland’s animals, birds and habitats and why the eradication of wildlife crime is in the public interest.
“It will also encourage pupils and teachers to think more about our role in protecting our natural environment and instil an appreciation and set of values which will resonate with them for years to come.”
While Police Scotland Wildlife Crime Coordinator, Sergeant Andy Mavin welcomed the news:
“Police Scotland have specialist Wildlife Crime Officers who investigate crime and enforce legislation, however crime prevention through education and awareness-raising also plays a vital role in reducing criminality. Hopefully the messages delivered through this education pack will be long lasting, in both the children who use the pack and the educators who deliver it.”
The education pack is available online here.
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