Let's Think About Animal Rights

Let's Think About Animal Rights

by Vic Parker
     
 

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The Let's Think About series helps children to develop critical thinking and debating skills. Each book examines a topic and presents readers with information to help them deliberate, debate, and decide for themselves. This book looks at animal rights: What the current situation is, how far animal rights should go, and how far should they go in the future. The

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The Let's Think About series helps children to develop critical thinking and debating skills. Each book examines a topic and presents readers with information to help them deliberate, debate, and decide for themselves. This book looks at animal rights: What the current situation is, how far animal rights should go, and how far should they go in the future. The book covers eating meat, animals in sport, animals in medical testing, and the alternatives we could consider.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Humans in ancient times depended on animals for food and fur. Now that we have access to many more resources, some people are wondering if animals have basic rights that should be respected. Many people still feel that it is acceptable to use animals to meet human needs if the animals do not suffer unnecessarily. Others feel that simply providing basic rights to animals is not enough. They believe that, even if humans might benefit from some uses of animals, animal rights are equally important to human rights. This book presents a variety of arguments from differing points of view, helping the reader make up their own mind about animal rights. Readers will learns that Richard D. Ryder first presented the contemporary idea of animal rights in the 1970s and the idea was later popularized by Peter Singer in his book Animal Liberation. One argument for animals’ rights presented is that they feel pleasure and pain as humans do. There have been extensive studies that indicate that some animals grieve and have complex relationships. Another important issue discussed is the use of animals in scientific experiments. Many of these experiments have noble and worthy objectives, but the animals often suffer as a result. Some animal rights activists want to stop the use of animals in research and experiments. A wide variety of topics are addressed, from pets, animals in entertainment and animals as food. Part of the “Let’s Think About” series. Reviewer: Kristin Harris; Ages 9 to 11.
School Library Journal
11/01/2014
Gr 4–7—This series strives to strengthen critical thinking skills by encouraging readers to consider both sides of various issues. The authors present advantages and disadvantages of current and compelling topics, such as the effects of social media, pitfalls of advertising, and pros and cons of animal testing. The language is simple and straightforward, but this series isn't as engaging as others on the subject, and while it does ask questions ("What do you think?") and gives five short tips for forming arguments in a "Debate It!" section, it does not go too deeply into rhetorical devices. In addition, the set sometimes makes unsupported claims (such as "Advertising may be partly to blame for the piles of trash in the world's landfills."). Not an essential purchase for collections that already cover these topics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484602911
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Series:
Let's Think About Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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