farm animal welfare
Compassion In World Farming - www.ciwf.org
HOW THE PERSONALITY TEST WORKS:
The first question is shown in Fig 1. Students have to choose which
of four statements they most agree with.
With each question:
the a) statement comes from an animal rights viewpoint.
Animals should have the right to life, happiness and
the b) statement comes from an animal welfare viewpoint.
If we use animals, we must do so in a way which does not
cause unnecessary suffering.
The c) position argues for sustainable development.
If people use animals, they must do so in a way that
doesn’t spoil the environment for future generations
or squander the earth’s resources.
The d) position argues that animals matter, but human
interests always come first.
Don’t explain the principle in advance! It is, of course, inevitably an
over-simplification. Many conservationists, for example, think that
whales should be left alone rather than harvested sustainably. They
may believe that sustainable exploitation, even if desirable, is not
This exercise works at many levels. The simpler version has a
reading age of nine, and can be used with a wide range of ages. The
Personality Test is particularly effective at sixth-form and College
level, but students of all ages will enjoy the exercise and learn from it.
It is best used as an introduction to a session which includes a video
A differentiated opinion-forming exercise for General Studies, PSHE & Citizenship, Religious
Studies, Geography, Science and English.
People love doing personality tests! Actually, this is an exercise in analysing attitudes to animal issues.
1. The number of whales in the sea has been declining because they have been killed for their meat and oil.
Some species are close to extinction.
It is wrong to kill whales. They are highly intelligent and sensitive creatures.
We have no right to exploit t