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Young people asked: Is it Right to Eat Animals?

Posted 23 March 2011

Animal Aid has launched its third Nationwide Youth Art and Poetry Competition, which invites 11-16 year olds to investigate the lives, personalities and rights of farmed animals and to then answer the question, Is it right to eat them? The controversial question is expected to stimulate exciting and passionate works, no matter the views of the artists. The deadline for submissions is May 27th and the winning entries will be displayed at a ceremony in London where the winners will be awarded their prizes by TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster.

To help young people research the issues further, Animal Aid has produced some brand new resources - including a delightful 16-minute film, From Farm to Fork - all of which are available free of charge to UK secondary schools. The heart-warming and often humorous film stars Kerry, who was rescued as a young piglet and now lives at Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary in Kent. Despite being a fun-loving tearaway with a zest for life, Kerry was on her best behaviour and lay snoring innocently on her bed of straw throughout the film. Kerry is one of the lucky few who are able to live out their lives naturally.

From Farm to Fork also looks at the origins of factory farming, the animal welfare impacts of intensive farming and the personal actions that young people can take to help animals. It has been created specifically for 11-14-year olds and is ideal for covering aspects of the curriculum in English, citizenship, RE and science.

Says Competition Coordinator Kelly Slade:

‘This competition and film are ideal for stimulating discussion and debate about the way we view animals reared for food in Britain and whether we need to rear them at all! Young people are passionate about fair treatment for animals and yet most eat meat. The controversial question - is it right to eat meat? - is therefore bound to reveal some interesting viewpoints and, we hope, influence some fascinating pieces of art, too. Of course, our hope is that young people will see pigs, sheep, cows and chickens in a new light - as the fascinating, intelligent and beguiling creatures they are! - and come to the conclusion that these animals are as much deserving of our care and protection as cats and dogs.’

Additionally, a variety of free supportive resources for educational establishments are available from Animal Aid, including a veggie cookery class DVD, posters, factsheets and lesson plans.

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