AQA RELIGIOUS STUDIES UNIT 2 ANIMAL RIGHTS

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  • Animal Rights
    • Why are animals kept in zoos?
      • They're dangerous
      • Preserve species
      • Help understand them
    • Wearing Animal Fur
      • For wearing Fur
        • keeps people warm
        • no different to eating meat
        • traditional / cultural
        • some are bred for their fur
        • dominonship
      • Against wearing fur
        • Principle of anisma
        • often threatened species
        • often results with poaching
        • fake fur is just as good
        • respect for created life
    • Animal Uses
      • pets
        • e.g dogs and cats
      • workers
        • guide dogs, farm horses
      • providers
        • chicken eggs, cows milk
      • sport
        • bullfighting, horse racing
          • Dog fighting is illegal in the UK but in other countries it is used for entertainment
      • exercise
        • horses and dogs
      • experimenting
        • medicine and cosmetic products
    • Ivory Trade: the sale of ivory from elephant or rhino tusks which is often illegal.
    • Vegan: someone who doesn't use animal products or wear fur etc
    • Organisations that monitor animal welfare
      • RSPCA
      • WWF
      • Purpose of animal welfare groups
        • Raise public awareness
        • Monitor animal welfare
        • Petition to governments
    • UK LAWS ON ANIMALS
      • some animals can't be kept as pets
      • can't neglect an animal
      • testing for cosmetics is banned
      • dog fighting + fox hunting are illegal
      • pets have rights given by welfare act
    • Quakers: a Christian denomination who are all pacifists
    • Stewardship: the duty that God gave humans to care for the world
    • Sanctity of Life: the idea that life is a special gift from God
    • Factory Farming: intensive farming where animals are cooped up and not allowed to behave naturally
    • Vegetarian: doesn't eat meat
    • RELIGIOUS VIEWS
      • Quakers believe animals are equal to humans
      • Roman Catholics believe that animals don't have rights but should be cared for by humans
      • Islam believes that animal experimentation should only be done for medicinal purpose and should NOT be repeated - they believe animals have feelings and thoughts
      • Buddhists believe human & animal equality doesn't exist as to become an animal they would've reincarnated back because of a bad past life
    • Fur trade: animals killed for their fur for clothing
    • ANIMALS FOR FOOD
      • They are strictly vegan/vegetarian because they believe to eat meat is killing an animal and therefore killing a soul.
      • Islam believe it is okay to eat animals for food as long as it is killed in a Halal way
      • Christians believe it is okay to eat meat as long as they have a quick and painful death
    • ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION
      • ARGUMENTS FOR
        • They further science
        • Not enough human volunteers
        • Improve life of millions of people
        • Animals are often well cared for
      • ARGUMENTS AGAINST
        • Animals are biologically different to humans
        • Animals can't communicate pain
        • Animals aren't able to stop humans from testing on them
        • Animals suffer from being treated cruelly
      • Most Christians accept it as it finds cures to diseases
        • However they can see it as 'playing with God'
      • Caging an animal is forbidden in Islam
    • PETA: a non-religious group that defends animal rights - they protest and campaign for animals and encourage the government and public to do more
    • Why aren't animals the same as humans?
      • Humans are top of the evolution chain
      • Interdependence
      • We need animals for food/work
      • World would be dull without animals
    • Approaches to campaigning for animal rights
      • Gentle Approaches
        • Candlelit Vigils
        • Letters to MPs
        • Protest marches
      • Violent Approaches
        • Untitled
        • Breaking into labs
        • Accusing people

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