2.Teach them about animals. Pets are only a small portion of the animal kingdom. Try taking your children to a local zoo (or if you can, a large zoo or aquarium) to introduce them to the diverse creatures God created.
Respect improves with understanding. Have your children observe what animals live in your area, and then do research together to discover more about the unique biology and place in the ecosystem that God gave to them. For example, learn how bees fly and make honey, and how they play an integral role in pollination. Understanding that God gave each creature its own unique role to play will help instill greater respect for pets and wildlife alike.
If you can't make it to a zoo, or if you have child who really wants to learn as much as they can about animals, try a resource that is tailored for children, like Zoobooks.
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