Animal rights conversation questions
Animal rights[edit | edit source]
- What rights should animals have?
- Should warm and attractive animals like puppies and kittens have more rights than ugly animals like rats and cockroaches? Why?
- In Spain apes have been given special rights, in part, because they are genetically close to humans. Do you agree? Should apes and monkeys have more rights than other animals?
- What - if anything - makes humans "special"?
- Do you think animals dream?
- Do animals have emotions? If you have a pet, have you ever noticed it express what you consider to be an emotion?
- Do you think animals "think"? (What is "thought"?)
- Do you think it is wrong to eat animals? What are the advantages or disadvantages of being a vegetarian?
- What do you think about people who wear fur coats? In some countries some people react very negatively to furs.
- Some famous models sometimes protest to the wearing of furs by taking off their clothes. What do you feel about this as a method of protest?
Animal testing[edit | edit source]
- What do you understand by the statement, "The end justifies the means."? Do you agree with it?
- Do you think that it's morally acceptable for scientists to use live animals in research for medicines that could be used to cure humans?
- What do you feel about pain being inflicted on animals as a consequence of such testing? Does it matter?
- Do you think that it's morally acceptable for scientists to use live animals in research for cosmetics? If not, how should we test cosmetics?
Cats and dogs[edit | edit source]
Cats and dogs are our most common companion animals - at least in the west. How do you feel about the following activities?
- Keeping large dogs in flats.
- Keeping dogs tied to a post all day.
- De-clawing cats.
- Trimming or cutting whiskers of cats
- Neutering dogs.
- Neutering cats.
- Cutting off or surgically shaping dogs' ears or tails.
Entertainment[edit | edit source]
- What are your feelings about zoos? Do you think they exist to help animals or to entertain humans - why?
- What are your feelings about circuses?
Sports[edit | edit source]
A "blood sport" usually involves the death of an animal. The animal may or may not be eaten later.
- What are your feelings about the following blood sports:
- Fox hunting with dogs.
- Stag (male deer) hunting with dogs.
- Dog fighting.
- Do you go horse riding? Have you ever been? Do you think it is cruel or do you think the horse enjoys it?
See also[edit | edit source]
- Animals conversation questions
- Hunting conversation questions
- Pets conversation questions
- Vegetarianism conversation questions
- Corporate Social Responsibility conversation questions
- Ethics conversation questions
- Human rights conversation questions
- Sport conversation questions
- Terrorism conversation questions