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Animal Cruelty - ToK Presentation

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Transcript of Animal Cruelty - ToK Presentation

Can animal cruelty be ethical?
Animal Cruelty
Ways of Knowing
Conclusion
Over 38 million sharks killed annually for shark fin soup around Latin America and Asia
Most fisheries-management groups ignore most shark news because it is considered bycatch
The process of shark finning is fairly self explanatory, but as the fisherman cuts off the fins the shark is still alive and is then released back into the ocean to helplessly sink to the bottom of the ocean to die from blood loss and suffocation
The International Union for Conservation of Nature declares that 50-70% of the shark fin trading occurs in Hong Kong where a single bowl of shark fin soup is roughly $100 USD
As China's economy has developed and grown, shark fins have become more common
Many countries have banned shark killings on their coasts and there are several campaigns against the de-finning of sharks
Shark Finning
These traditions such as Shark Finning have been practiced since their beginnings and represent the culture and beliefs of certain people
The protests have some racist or one-sided perspectives
There is a cultural, economic, or social reason behind these killings; it is not for pure enjoyment
There are now laws and regulations that oversee, but do not limit these practices
Not only are these acts promoting violence, but are putting the species at risk of extinction. This also leads to depletion of the food chain.
It has more to do with what is morally right than bashing one's culture or traditions
There is a difference between slaughtering a helpless animal and simply killing it to eat
Cruelty
It is important to take into consideration the different perspectives and reasons behind certain abusive acts towards animals, but in general there is a moral code to follow that encourages people to be friendly and compassionate towards animals. It is up to interpretation for one to decide whether or not an act seems cruel or unnecessary. One's emotions and personal perception of an act is what truly drives their opinion. I do not think animal cruelty can be ethical because it harms the animals, but that does not mean that the tradition is bad or negative. In most cases it is the process or methods that make the practice unethical.
Emotion: How one feels towards animals and the personal experiences revolving animals is reflected in their attitudes. We generally are sympathetic, but are selfish as well.

Reason - It is important to understand the reasons for and behind the treatment of animals.

Perception - From the outside looking in animal cruelty may look different and vice versa

Language - The advertisements and legislation about animal rights appeal to your emotions and are written in a way that is meant to aid their position
Areas of Knowing
Ethics - The treatment of animals is generally meant to be friendly and compassionate

Religion - Many religions either support and condone animal cruelty in its various forms most commonly dietary restrictions due to spiritual significance of a certain animal

Natural Sciences - For the use of scientific advancement animals are used.

Human Sciences - Animals play a huge role in the economy, family structure, education, and overall common life of most peoples
Animal Cruelty
Animal cruelty is considered to be the intentional abuse of an animal or failure to take care of an animal. It is also defined as the deliberate inflicting of pain, suffering or death to an animal for unnecessary purposes such as sport, reckless indifference, temper, or indulgence.
The lack of a widely accepted or concrete definition leaves many loop holes for legal and social perpetrators.
Knowledge Issues
To what extent is animal cruelty considered reasonable and ethical?
Some Examples
Abuse/ Neglect
Hoarding
Branding
Factory Farms
Cockfighting
Scientific Experimentation
Entertainment
Fur Trade
Animal Consumption
Cruelty Over Culture
The methods by which these cultural practices are cruel and unnecessary
Not only are these acts promoting violence, but are putting the species at risk of extinction. This also leads to depletion of the food chain.
It has more to do with what is morally right than bashing one's culture or traditions
There is a difference between slaughtering a helpless animal and simply killing it to eat
Thank you!
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