What should the punishment be for animal abuse?


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Conversation Summary

The majority of people find animal abuse awful, and are against animal cruelty in any form. People who are deliberately cruel to animals are generally seem as horrid people who deserve to be dealt with by the police.

Even though people’s feelings towards animal cruelty are clear, the punishment given to people who abuse animals does not always reflect the severity of the crime.


  • Do you think that the punishment for animal abuse is sufficient?
  • Should people who abuse animals be treated in the same way as those who abuse children?
  • How are animal rights viewed in your country?
  • What type of punishments are suitable for animal abusers?
  • Is it ever acceptable to abuse animals?
  • What do you think the government can do to reduce animal abuse?

Key Vocabulary

  • Animal noun
  • Abuse verb/noun
  • Cruel adjective
  • Punish verb
  • Punishment noun
  • Right noun
  • Cruelty noun
  • Crime noun
  • Consequence noun

Additional Exercises

Think of a sentence using each of the following phrasal verbs relating to this topic:

  • Clamp down on 
    example: the government needs to clamp down on animal abuse
  • Get away with
  • Keep on
  • Look into

What should the punishment be for animal abuse?

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