Animal rights

Animal rights

What are animal rights?

Animal Rights work under the premise that animals, claimed on ethical grounds, should receive the same humane treatment and protection from exploitation and abuse that are accorded to humans. Animal rights are often closely interrelated with environmental protection issues. A prime example of the interconnectivity of all issues related to Sustainable Development is the Palm Oil industry. This industry causes deforestation, loss of habitat for already endangered species like Sumatran tigers and orangutans and has also been linked to child labour. On the other hand it has become an industry that provides income for millions of labourers. Palm Oil can be found in nearly half of all products in supermarket shelves.

Key questions for this area

If you are teaching or studying animal rights, or are looking to introduce content, here are some key questions and area that you should be able to address and/or consider:

  • How can we protect animals in an industry that supplies work and products for millions (e.g., industrial agriculture, palm oil industry)?
  • Whaling
  • Export conditions
  • Working animals
  • Animal testing

If you are interested in finding out more about this topic, check out our resources for inspiration.

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