RE Short Course Unit 2 - Religion and life issues

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Topic 1 Religion and Animal rights
Animal Rights The moral treatment of animals by humans in order that
their lives and welfare are protected.
Sanctity of Life Life is a special sacred gift from god.
Stewardship The duty of humans given by god to care for the natural
What is an animal ?
An animal is a living organism that has the biological characteristics of
being able to move, respire, feed, grow, excrete and reproduce.
How are humans different to animals ?
All religions believe that humans are of greater importance and status
than all other animals. Humans are at the top of the animal hierarchy due
to our intelligence and sprit which gives us the ability to have a god
What are animal rights ?
Rights are things we are entitled to simply because we are a living
being. It is the behaviour that should naturally be given to a human or an
animal. Right are not privileges they are entitlements as a living being.
How does Society Try to Protect the Rights of Animals ?
This is mainly done through the work and efforts of animal welfare
groups for example RSPCA and WWF. These groups :
Raise Awareness
Carrying out direct violent action
The law attempts to protect animals from neglect or cruelty. For
instance, dog fighting in some countries is a form of entertainment. In
the UK it is banned due to the suffering endured by the dogs.

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Issues Concerning Animal rights
1) Animals in sport Hunting, Competition and Danger
2) Zoos and Pets
3)Working animals Transport, Human assistance and entertainment
4) Animal Experimentation
5)The Fur Trade
6)The Ivory Trade
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Topic 2 Religion and Planet Earth
Pollution The corruption or contamination of the natural state of the
Sanctity of Life Life is a special sacred gift from god.
Stewardship The duty of humans given by god to care for the natural
Natural resources Resources such as oil and metals that exists within
The Greenhouse effect This is also known as 'global warming' it is the
warmingup of the earth's atmosphere temperature,
Environmental issues Area of concern about pollution in the
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Recycling People are now encouraged to recycle their household
waste, many areas have separate bins to recycle different materials
Environmental Groups These group protest against, raise public
awareness of and educate in schools and pollution issues.
Conservation groups An example is the WWF, which stands for World
Wide Fund for Nature. These groups raise money to help protect
endangered animals.
The other way society tries to look after their environment is by earth
summits.…read more

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Toxic Chemicals Toxic waste from human refuse is leaked into both
land and sea. The poisons both land and sea animals that come into
contact with the chemicals.
Pesticides Farmers use pesticides to control disease and pest in their
crops. However, these substances are poisonous to animals. They get
transferred to lakes and river near by which can lead to the killing of
Global warming By burning fossil fuels can lead to the giving off of
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Quality of life Life is about living with happiness and enjoyment, not just
surviving and existing. A person is able to experience life, communicate
and look after themselves. It is living without extreme and excessive
When does life start ?
There are many different opinions of when a human life begins and it is
important when considering the issue of abortion:
1) Some people believe life begins at conception, when sperm fertilises
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The term abortion is relevant to the topic of abortion when considring if it
is acceptable in cases such as if a child is going to be born with a
severe disability, if it is unwanted or going to be born into poverty.
What reasons are accepted for abortion ?
There are five reasons that are accepted if the woman wants an
1) If the pregnancy could endanger the mother's life.
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Women do not consider the consequences for themselves when
having an abortion. They can suffer immense guilt and depression
following the termination.
Fostering the child to a family and adoption are viable alternatives to
taking a human life.
To abort a child to it having a disability is shallow.
ProChoice(Arguments for Abortion)
Many consider it cruel to have a severely handicapped child. It can
have no 'quality of life' and may live life in pain.…read more

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