Youth found their worth through fighting for animal rights
A group of young members of YWCA Central, Western & Islands District Youth Outreaching Social Work Team organised a series of events on animal rights. Eventually, they have also improved their self-esteem and personal efficacy.
News about animal cruelty provoked outrage across the society. A group of young people hence initiated research on animal rights. They visited different animal welfare organisations to study local legislation and latest figures on animal surrendering, breeding and trading. They also learnt about the ties between animals and human through animal-assisted therapy.
The 6-month programme not only increased participants’ understanding towards animal rights, but also opened their mind. They, who used to lack motivation and life goals, devoted themselves to the programme and finally found something to look forward to. One of the kids who seldom talked about himself was willing to share what he and his family went through after relating to the abandoned kitten.
The youth was also aware of their ability to change. The programme provided opportunities for them to help, e.g. cleaning the dog farm, walking the dogs, visiting elderly with Doctor Pet, designing postcards to advocate love for animals, etc. Although their work might sound ordinary to others, they found a sense of achievement in it. The programme has come to an end, yet the participants do not stop there. They are planning to organise a trip to Taiwan, where animal welfare is better protected, to learn and hopefully bring back feasible measures to Hong Kong.