This medal was awarded for a winning entry in the 1924 Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Essay Competition. The essay competitions sponsored by organizations like the RSPCA encouraged creative responses to questions and issues surrounding the humane treatment of animals.
Sometimes the topics for these competitions were wide open, and students were encouraged to write on any topic relating to animals and/or Humane Education that interested them. In other instances, however, suggested topics were provided. For example, in a 1917 essay contest sponsored by the American Humane Education Society, the topic assigned was: “Our Animals–Their Sufferings–What We Owe Them–How We May Help Them.”