SCOTLAND’S animal welfare charity launch school competition to encourage children to become responsible animal citizens.

The Scottish SPCA visits schools every year to deliver their free Prevention Through Education programme which aims to encourage empathy and compassion towards animals.

Their new competition invites primary and secondary schools to submit a short film that educates the public, and in particular their peers, on key animal welfare issues that the Scottish SPCA regularly have to tackle.

The competition gives schools the opportunity to engage their students in a creative and cross curricular activity with the opportunity to win prizes for both themselves and the school.

Gilly Mendes Ferreira, Scottish SPCA head of education and policy, said: “Since 2010 we have seen over 300 per cent increase in the number of calls where children have alerted us to animals in need of our help, which saved injured wildlife and uncovered cases of neglect.

“We truly believe children are the key to making a real difference to animal welfare in Scotland.”

The judging panel will be looking for innovative and creative methods of conveying a key message to the public, in particular to other school students.

The topics, consent forms, terms and conditions, closing date for submissions and more information regarding the competition can be found online at