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Is it right to farm animals for food?

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Citizenship coursework Is it right to farm animals for food? There were two main sources of information available to us concerning the subject of farming animals for food, in the completion of this coursework. The first being a presentation by a Ms Donavan a representative of animal aid rights group and the second taken by Mr Riley; head of the rural studies unit within Hylands school. Animal Aid is the UK's largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977.They campaign peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. They investigate and expose animal cruelty, and their undercover investigations and other evidence are often used by the media, bringing these issues to public attention. Animal Aid has a national network of offering free talks on a wide range of topics including animal rights, vegetarianism, animal experiments, factory farming and blood sports; factory farming being the main focal point of the talk. ...read more.

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Some of the content was their for shock value though the video was made as appealing as it could possibly be to our age group. There were a few reasons against farming animals for food which I didn't think were all that plausible like the effect the industry has on the environment, it probably does but not farming them for food could have an even greater effect plus there are much worse harms to the environment as a whole. The presentation strongly relied on the health benefits of not eating meat the consequences of excessive consumption and poor lifestyle used as a deterrent. The groups main concern is the animal's treatment and went on to talk about diseases some of the animals are subject to another legitimate reason against. The presentation ended with a QnA, I would say the speaker came across a little dismissive to those who had question in favour of farming animals. ...read more.

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All points made I believe to be fair enough but the presentation could also be portrayed as bias. I myself, without sounding boastful, donate to the Hillside animal sanctuary, a charity where many of the animals have been saved from slaughter. In order to help or support animal aids purpose I could consider becoming vegetarian but I think buying freedom foods or free range foods is a start. Generally to my knowledge British meat standards are better than international countries Although it is easy to look to someone else to sort the problem I think in order for things to change for the better we need to look to the European Government to improve those cases where the animals standards are not paramount as they seem to be dragging their heels. My personal opinion has n changed much however as a result of the two presentation, research on the animal aid and NFU websites and the topic being in the media recently I am more informed. ...read more.

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