The British Columbia SPCA discusses how public libraries can be used to expose children to feeling empathy for animals which can, in turn, result in reduced incidences of animal abuse and cruelty. The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has created an excellent list of children’s resources that features works about animals and their care. The BC SPCA has a list of resources that it is happy to share with public libraries. The society asks people to contact their local library with this message:
A sincere thank you for the work you do to promote literacy and child development. I am disturbed in learning about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse (learn more from spca.bc.ca/violencelink). I believe we can make a difference in people’s attitudes towards each other and animals if we help them develop empathy from a young age. I am writing to ask: will you order the books on this list spca.bc.ca/librarybooks and promote them in our library? By doing so, I am confident that your actions will help make a difference in an at risk child’s life.
This is such a wonderful initiative, and kudos to VPL. I think this would be a splendid course of action across public libraries in Canada.