Social Justice: Animal Rights

Intro to Social Justice: Animal Rights

People and children aren’t the only ones who have rights. Animals do too. Let’s dive into what those rights are, and what’s happening to animals on our planet.

Looking After Animal Welfare

In 1965, a UK committee looking at the rights of farm animals decided that animals had certain rights which affected their wellbeing. Over time, these rights became known as the Five Freedoms. These govern the care we humans are supposed to provide to the animals we look after.

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The Five Freedoms – What is Animal Welfare and Why Does it Matter?

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What About Animals’ Mental Health?

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Reflect:

Reflect on what you have just read and/or watched. Write down 2-3 important or new things you have learned about animal rights.

Stopping Exploitation of Animals

Throughout history, humans have used animals to provide food, shelter, transport and more. More controversially, we have used animals in scientific and cosmetic research. The animal rights movement aims to end the exploitation of animals.

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Reflect on what you have just read and/or watched. Write down 2-3 important or new things you have learned.

Stopping the Extinction of Animal Species

Over the centuries, humans have hunted some animal species to extinction, and the pace seems to be increasing. But when we take action, we can still save some species.

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Ten animals we have saved from extinction

 

What if Humans Stopped Exploiting Animals?

The creator of this video gives us an alternative future.

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Reflect:

Write down 2-3 important or new things you have learned about the history of animal rights.

Additional Activities

Quizzes:

Research:

Find an animal that’s been saved from extinction. Find out about the type of animal, its natural habitat, the country where it should live, and more. Create a poster or presentation to share your findings.

Journal:

Why are animal rights important to you? What would you say to persuade someone to care about them?

Activities:

  • Spot the animals near where you are. Investigate their history and habitat. Create a poster or presentation to share your findings.
  • Read about animal heroes, then imagine you are one. Write a short story or draw a picture to capture your experience.

Books about animals and animal rights and welfare