Animal Rights, Human Values, Social Action

Designed for the Social Studies curriculum, this thought-provoking resource invites students to look into a social justice movement with a long history of compassion and consideration – animal rights.

The lesson plans section provides teachers with a set of lessons each written in accordance with NCEA Achievement Standards. The resources section provides teachers and students with a wide range of materials that can be used to complete the lesson plans or for general research purposes.

 

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There is a growing movement in America, in Europe and now in New Zealand to think about our relationship to animals more carefully than we have in the past.

The collective values of our Western society are changing rapidly; ecological sustainability is important for the maintenance of human life on our vulnerable planet. The ways we treat animals play a major role in this emerging ethic. Similarly, when we think about equity today we are more inclined than ever to consider the wider community of sentient beings, that is, all other animals, and not just the human animal.

We are all embedded in social, cultural and environmental webs that are rapidly expanding; no longer can we simply look to our own personal good without considering that of all other beings who inhabit our planet.