Refugee Children in Calais’ ‘Jungle’ and Elsewhere to Receive Animal Colouring Books From PETA

For Immediate Release:

23 May 2016


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Trilingual Educational Resource Gifted to Refugee Centres in UK and France

London – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has donated hundreds of animal-themed who have been forced to flee their home countries and seek refuge in the UK and France.

Lad using PETA colouring book

Millions of children across the world have been affected by the current refugee crisis, made to leave their homes and deprived of an education. Most arrive with few, if any, possessions. These difficulties are made worse by not knowing the local language, cultural differences and the emotional problems caused by their distressing ordeal.

To try and ease this adjustment period for those who have sought refuge in the UK and France, PETA have developed the educational activity books. They are full of child-friendly facts about animals, pictures, quizzes and other fun activities, allowing children to improve their language skills as well as their knowledge and respect for other living beings in a playful way. Readers can learn exciting facts about the animal kingdom in Farsi, Arabic, English or French.

“PETA hopes this resource will provide children with a comforting and familiar activity, which will help them learn a new language while teaching them about the fascinating animals with whom we share our world”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Children who are taught that all living beings have feelings grow up to be empathetic young people.”

The colouring books, along with packs of coloured pencils, will be donated to refugee day centres across the UK and France and to the Calais “Jungle” camp. They can also be downloaded free of charge from PETA’s website.

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