The Way We Treat Animals

white and brown cat inside cage
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 14, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

Animals have always played a big role in human life whether it be now or hundreds of years ago. Nowadays, animals are used for food, work and entertainment. Some people say that animals are suffering for our benefits whereas others disagree and think that animals are on the earth to serve us in any way we see fit.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • treat (verb)
  • suffer (verb)
  • mistreat (verb)
  • entertainment (noun)
  • slaughter (verb)
  • slaughter house (noun)
  • pet (noun)
  • wild (adjective)

Conversation Questions

  • Do you think animals deserve to be treated better by man?
  • In what ways do we use animals for entertainment?
  • Do you think animals should be used for entertainment?
  • Do you think humans should eat meat? Why?
  • Why do you think we eat some animals but not others?
  • How do we use animals to work?
  • How did we use to use animals for work in the past?
  • Do you think that, overall, humans treat animals well?
  • What do you think we should do to start treating animals better?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.