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US NewsPrimary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas

17:05  24 august  2019
17:05  24 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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St Edward’s in Cheltenham says its farm club, which includes alpacas , helps to teach its pupils about their Teachers at a private school have been compared to sexists and racists by an animal rights group because they want to let pupils pet and look after alpacas . The fee-paying primary school

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Animal rights group PETA has accused a primary school of "speciesism" for letting pupils look after alpacas.

St Edward’s Prep School in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, currently has two of the animals in its "farm club" but recently announced plans to add another four.

The move has drawn criticism from PETA, which claims the fee-paying school is teaching children their to see animals as "objects for their amusement".

'Farm club'

"Like sexism, racism, and all other toxic 'isms', speciesism – the idea that other species are here for humans to treat as toys or props to use and abuse – has no place in an educational institution," PETA Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi told i on Saturday.

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Speciesism , in applied ethics and the philosophy of animal rights, the practice of treating members of one species as morally more important than members of other species; also, the belief that this practice is justified.

Alpacas in a school system can be herded using a number of people, spread in a line across a paddock to herd the animals into a small Always ensure that an alpaca has one or more alpacas in close proximity or view to avoid them becoming stressed and possibly dangerous to the handler.

"St Edward's Cheltenham should not be teaching children to view animals as objects for their amusement but rather be instructing them in what we know today about their sentience, intelligence, emotional life, and behavioural needs.

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"Responsible parents should question the ethics of arranging for infant animals to be taken from their loving mothers and sold to the highest bidder."

St Edward's has made a request to Cheltenham Borough Council to expand its animal programme, which currently also features a brood of chickens and a herd of Golden Guernsey pigmy goats.

Under the plans, two castrated micropigs and 12 poultry birds for egg-laying will be added to the club as part of a "12 Days of Christmas" theme.

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“ Keeping children home even for a day undermines their education,” she said. “I urge those running these campaigns to reconsider their actions.” According to Min Clough, whose two children attend a primary school near Ipswich, the point of the boycott is protest, not disruption.

Alpacas are very protective animals and will fiercely guard their herd from predators such as dogs or Many farmers will keep an alpaca with their sheep to protect the mob, especially young lambs from Alpacas are usually quiet, docile animals but when they spot a predator they will let out a piercing

St Edward’s Prep School in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, currently has two alpacas but plans to add another four. (Google)

45-acre farm

The alpacas are petted by pupils for 30 minutes per day and will live on the school's sprawling 45-acre farm.

But PETA has urged the local authority to reject St Edward's application, which it labelled "insensitive".

"PETA urges Cheltenham Borough Council to reject the school's animal 'wish list', and we're rushing some of our humane education packs to the school, in the hope that teachers and students alike will be inspired to replace lessons in insensitivity with ones in respect and kindness," Ms Bekhechi added.

The school said in a statement on its website that the animals have a groundsman who cleans the paddock twice a day.

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Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas
Primary school accused of 'speciesism' for letting children keep alpacas

There are also several vets on hand to ensure they have a clean bill of health.

“We encourage all our pupils to be mindful of their environmental responsibility and have respect for the world around them," St Edward's said.

"Farm Club is just one of the ways in which we can help to further their understanding of the importance of environmental issues.

"Members of the club take responsibility for a variety of tasks including cleaning out the enclosures, replenishing water and hay, and giving the animals food.”

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