Category: Year 10

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 – […]

Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare by Doris Lin

This article compares two views: the animal rights view, which holds that we do not have a right to use animals for our own purposes, and the animal welfare view, which holds that we do have a right to use animals, but that we must treat them well. It also links, throughout, to articles on […]

Animal Rights Activists by Gary McLendon

This accessible article contains arguments for and against using animals in entertainment. The article presents the claim, made by animal rights activists, that circus animals perform because they are ‘afraid’ and ‘tortured’. It notes the counter-suggestion, by a circus animal handler and presenter, that circus animals are only ‘showcas[ing] their natural behaviours,’ and that animals […]

Animal Rights by David DeGrazia

Title: Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction Author: David DeGrazia Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 987-0-19-285360-8 This short book is an accessible resource for teachers. The book itself is probably, as a whole, too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use it primarily to familiarise themselves with the debates concerning animal rights. There […]

All Animals are Equal by Jean Kazez

A human and a dog are lying in pain outside a burning building. Who should the ambulance officers see to first? This book review – of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation – presents arguments for and against viewing animals (humans included) as equal. The title of the piece is taken from the first chapter of Singer’s […]

A Very Short Introduction – Series

These books serve as accessible introductions to specific philosophical topics. A range of titles are included in the series, and they are written by prominent philosophers. The books themselves are probably too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use them to familiarise themselves with a philosophical area. Each book has sections that would […]