Be it simple information on how to look after a pet in primary school, to more complex research for senior students undertaking work for English, History, Humanities, Drama, Art and Science, gathering and interpreting information about animal welfare starts young people on a path to both responsible citizenship, and pet ownership.
It is also a great way to develop literacy and analytical skills.
Here are some sites I am sure will be useful for young people undertaking animal welfare research:
- The RSPCA'S Animal Health and Behaviour Pages http://rspcavic.org/health-and-behaviour, gives an excellent rundown on basic pet care of dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and more.
- The Victorian Government's Department of Environment and Primary Industry has an excellent Pet reference section, including a pet welfare test, information on keeping pets and the legislation that governs the keeping of domestic animals in Victoria. http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/pets
- The RSPCA'S Paw Prints, provides junior membership for children under 11 with fantastic informative newsletters, as well as ways they can support animal welfare. Paw Prints membership costs $25 a year. http://www.rspcavic.org/membership/paw-prints.
- Elephants: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, in Nairobi, Kenya, raises orphaned elephants and rhinos and offers information about the needs of these animals and information about poaching. http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphans.asp
- Animals Asia, founded by Jill Robinson, to end bear bile farming, also works to improve the lives of cats and dogs, as well as zoo and performing animals in Asia. https://www.animalsasia.org/au/
- The RSPCA's homepage provides links to so many campaigns and assistance on animal welfare campaigns in Australia. These include puppy farming, jumps racing and work at their animal shelters. The work they do in relation to prosecuting cases of animal cruelty can also be found here. http://rspcavic.org/about-us
- Animals Australia, "the voice for animals", offers information on a range of their campaigns, including cage eggs, live animal export, horse racing and others. http://www.animalsaustralia.org/
- World Wildlife Fund, supports endangered species preservation and offers information on endangered species. http://www.worldwildlife.org/
- Sea Shepherd campaigns to protest habitat and species in the sea. It sends boats to assist in this process and was instrumental in getting evidence for Australia's case against Japanese whaling at the International Court of Justice. This is something of an activist site, but a search of contents will enable access to information about specific details of campaigns relating to whales, harp seals and other species. http://www.seashepherd.org.au/relentless/
This list is by no means exhaustive. Any search through google or similar search engines will generate lots of sources to help with your research.