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Killing Animals For Food

Introduction

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The number of people around the world who eat animals is staggering. According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consume about 9 billion land animals and 1 billion sea animals per year. That’s more than 300 million land animals every day!

The idea that people eat meat because they don’t see the slaughter of animals is not a new one. Some people think we would have more respect for the animal and its life if we were involved in its death, and we might even be more likely to eat less meat overall because we would feel like we are taking part in something that causes suffering.

Vocabulary

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  • suffer (verb)
  • slaughter (verb)
  • take part in (phrase)
  • contribute (verb)
  • rethink (verb)
  • empathy (noun)

The Big Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Would you still eat meat if you had to kill the animal yourself?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Killing Animals For Food
  • Have you ever killed an animal?
  • Do you think people would appreciate food more if they had to kill the animal themselves?
  • Do you think humans are omnivores?
  • What problems could there be if everyone started killing the animals they were eating?
  • What animals do you think would be the easiest to kill?
  • What animals do you think would be the most difficult to kill?

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