The Thinking Critically series introduces students to the complex issues that dominate public discourse and challenges them to become discerning readers, to think independently, and to engage and develop their skills as critical thinkers. Chapters are organized in a pro/con format, in which a single author synthesizes the predominant arguments for and against an issue into clear, accessible discussions supported by details and evidence including relevant facts, direct quotes, current examples, and statistical illustrations. All volumes include focus questions to guide students as they read each pro/con discussion, a list of key facts, source notes, and an annotated list of related organizations and websites for conducting further research.
Table of Contents
Overview: The Animal Rights Debate 8
Chapter 1 Should Animals Have Rights Similar to Humans?
The Debate at a Glance 14
Animals Should Have Rights Similar to Humans 15
Animals Should Not Have Rights Similar to Humans 21
Chapter 2 Is It Moral to Eat Animals?
The Debate at a Glance 27
It Is Moral to Eat Animals 28
It Is Not Moral to Eat Animals 34
Chapter 3 Should Animals Be Used for Entertainment?
The Debate at a Glance 40
Animals Should Be Used for Entertainment 41
Animals Should Not Be Used for Entertainment 47
Chapter 4 Is it Ethical to Experiment on Animals?
The Debate at a Glance 53
It Is Ethical to Experiment on Animals 54
It Is Not Ethical to Experiment on Animals 60
Source Notes 66
Animal Rights Facts 70
Related Organizations and Websites 73
For Further Research 76
About the Author 80