Killing Animals For Food

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 5, 2022 and last updated on July 23, 2023

This topic opens a gateway to explore complex ethical and environmental issues while enhancing language skills. This introduction delves into the moral dilemmas surrounding animal consumption and its impact on ecosystems.

By discussing various perspectives and alternative diets, learners can develop critical thinking and argumentation abilities. Engaging with this topic fosters vocabulary expansion, practice in expressing opinions, and understanding cultural differences in dietary choices.

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.

Killing Animals For Food Review

The topic of “Killing Animals for Food” is a complex and thought-provoking subject that delves into ethical, cultural and environmental considerations. This introduction explores the long-standing practice of animal consumption for sustenance, examining the moral dilemmas surrounding the treatment of animals and the impact on ecosystems. It raises questions about alternatives to traditional meat-based diets, such as plant-based options and the potential benefits of reducing animal consumption.

Addressing this contentious topic encourages critical thinking, empathy, and an understanding of diverse perspectives, empowering individuals to make informed choices aligned with their values and global sustainability.

Useful Vocabulary

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

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

Conversation Questions

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  • Would you still eat meat if you had to kill the animal yourself?
  • Have you ever killed an animal?
  • Have you ever tried or considered a vegetarian or vegan diet?
  • In your culture, what are the traditional beliefs and practices regarding eating meat?
  • Are there any ethical considerations involved in consuming meat?
  • Do you think people would appreciate food more if they had to kill the animal themselves?
  • Do you think humans are omnivores?
  • Is it possible to maintain a balanced diet without consuming animal products?
  • What are some alternative protein sources that can replace meat in our diets?
  • What problems could there be if everyone started killing the animals they were eating?
  • Should individuals be encouraged to reduce their meat consumption for environmental reasons?
  • Some argue that consuming meat is a natural part of the food chain. Do you agree or disagree?
  • Should animal welfare be prioritised over cultural traditions and dietary choices?
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.