The heroic role of SPCA inspectors

Posted on 2019-03-06 10:37:35

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Being an SPCA inspector is far from being just a job. It requires a special kind of courage and fortitude.

Imagine the stress of going to work every day knowing that you might have to face and deal with the sickening cruelty of which some human beings are capable. Cruelty is something that is difficult for most of us to understand, and cruelty towards the helpless – whether human or animal – is particularly vile. What is especially disturbing is indifference to cruelty.

We feel strongly about the teaching of compassion, and all teachers have opportunities to talk about and encourage compassion while teaching their classes. Teacher training should include encouraging student-teachers to introduce and reflect important ‘life skills’ topics, no matter what subject they teach. Teachers are in a position to play a vital role in helping young people to become concerned, compassionate adults, Yet, as an educator myself, I have never seen a teacher-training curriculum that specifically includes such an approach. Any school that creates space for acknowledging and valuing kindness is to be commended.

Even while our inspectors often have to cope with the baser characteristics of human nature, our SPCA relies on the endless kindness and generosity of our volunteers and donors. Everything achieved for animals is a consequence of the contributions and generosity of people who care.



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