Category: Biology

Rethinking Humane Meat by Alex Melonas

This article argues that the move towards consuming ‘humane meat’ (that is, meat which is produced through the ‘humane’ treatment of animals) is ‘a self-serving attempt to satisfy our selfish desire to keep eating animals and to disguise this selfishness as a truly ethical commitment.’ The author suggests that eating meat is not necessary, and […]

Old Skins by Chelsea White

This accessible article looks at the claim that purchasing ‘vintage’ fur is morally okay – or, at least, better than purchasing new fur. The article presents a range of arguments – from the suggestion that vintage fur carries with it a history (‘PETA senior campaigner Ashley Fruno said the only history a vintage fur had […]

Overpopulation and Animal Rights by Doris Lin

This article suggests that human overpopulation is the biggest threat to animals. The author argues that overpopulation leads to the deterioration and degradation of natural habitats, and that this adversely affects other species. This article is broad in scope, and requires the reader to think for him- or herself about the various implications that overpopulation […]

BBC Ethics Guide

This ‘ethics guide’ links to a number of accessible resources, which present issues pertaining to animal ethics. Resources are grouped under headings, including: Overview, Rights and ethics, Using animals, Defending animals, Religious views, Animal-friendly lifestyles, and Audio features. While most of the articles are very accessible, some are replete with arguments and others are not. […]

Eat This

This short documentary (22:20) follows four teenagers as they investigate how meat is produced, its effect on our health, and its effect on the environment. The teenagers interview a range of people – among them a philosopher – in an effort to arrive at answers. This clip could be used to introduce a lesson or […]

Basic Tenets of Animal Rights by Doris Lin

This article presents several arguments in favour of animal rights. It also links, throughout, to articles on related topics. One of the more interesting arguments that the author makes, which could be used to generate discussion, is that, ‘While eating dogs is morally offensive to some, there are those who would object to the practice […]

Animals as Property by Doris Lin

In this article, the author argues that animals should not be treated as property. She says that ‘we should not own non-human animals because we do not own humans, and treating animals differently is speciesist.’ One of the more interesting arguments that the author makes – and one that might be good for discussion – […]

Shechita Reversal by Paul Harper

This article details recent changes in New Zealand’s animal treatment laws – and the government’s decision to turn over the ban on the kosher killing of chickens, which animal rights groups say is inhumane. This article examines arguments for and against allowing the practice known as ‘shechita’. Robyn Kippenberger of the SPCA says that ‘[p]ressure […]