Many pupils are passionate about the welfare of animals though, if surveys are to be believed, many of them do not know how their bacon, eggs and milk are produced!
Food production is a growing topic of debate whether you are talking about the ethics of how we treat animals, how we produce healthy food and how we can feed a growing population.
At the same time, most of the major faiths teach kindness to animals and for some religions it is a major part of their belief system. This is a subject which can engage children, encourage debate and develop respect for the beliefs of others.
Finding time to discuss topics such as animal welfare and sustainable food production is doubly valuable – it gives pupils an important understanding of a range of ethical and environmental factors and it encourages great debates!
To help you to engage your pupils in such discussions, we provide a free speaker service and a pack of resources including a film and discussion activities, which can be adapted for pupils of different ages, abilities and levels of confidence.
To enquire about a speaker or to order a free resource pack, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be very helpful if you put “RE mailshot” in the subject title.
To view or download the resources directly, including films, please go to our Religious Education webpage.
Compassion in World Farming
PS We’ve had some wonderful evaluations from teachers for our talks and resources:
“ I think the pack is super, very well organised and presented … most impressed, both with the philosophical reaction sheets and with the world religions ones. The questionnaire (Personality Test) looks excellent, too.”
I like (the video Farm Animals & Us) because
its emphasis is on choices and how they affect animals
it shows how animals have intelligence
it uses humour – the school as a factory is brilliant
contrasts between intensive and traditional farming methods effectively made
(How Do Animals Matter – opinions, religious and secular)
Lots of useful questions and summaries
Should help students to sort their own views and promote an understanding of other perspectives
Links and contacts:
Tel: 01483 521 965
Education website: ciwf.org.uk/education
Religious Education webpage: ciwf.org.uk/re
Speaker service: ciwf.org.uk/speakers