Animals In Factory Farms: Thinking Critically about our Treatment of Animals

Designed for the English, Social Studies, Science and Biology curricula, this multidisciplinary resource engages critically with the treatment of animals on factory farms.

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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“In all factory farming situations, birds, mammals and fish endure conditions where their fundamental natural inclinations and joys of life are cruelly curtailed. Instead they are subjected to extreme confinement, deprivation and suffering.

To see such misery is shocking; therefore, intensive farming practices are deliberately concealed. It is a rare occasion when members of the public or media are permitted to freely view inside large-scale farming operations.

When we examine the ways in which an animal is made ‘edible’, and learn about what has been hidden, disguised or trivialised in the production of meat, we are freer to make informed choices about what and how we consume. Animals in Factory Farms is a timely and crucial teaching resource for younger people who care about animals and where their food comes from.’’