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How Should We Treat Farm Animals?

Enriched Colony Cage Card
Free Range Hen Card

Children of all ages care about animals, and can be engaged by a consideration of how they are treated in farming. Meanwhile, the way our food is produced is a growing topic of debate in society, of importance in Citizenship, science, geography, moral and religious studies, English and any other subject which would benefit from engaged ethical discussion.

The stimulus material in this exercise is presented in groups of four cards, each of which describes a system (or issue) in animal farming. For example, hens can be kept in battery cages, colony cages, barns or free-range. Students discuss the rights and wrongs of each system and whether or not they agree with eggs being produced in these ways.

The cards can also be used:

  • In sorting activities to increase understanding of different methods of farming
  • In role play activities to consider the views of different interest groups such as consumers, farmers or animal welfare supporters
  • As a source of information

Additional information is provided on the back of each card for extension work. This material also lends itself to differentiation in mixed ability groups of students. We recommend that this resource is used in conjunction with Farm Animals & Us (for ages 10-14) or Farm Animals & Us 2 (for ages 14-adult).


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This new resource has been developed from the Where Do You Draw the Line? activity in our Farm Animals & Us teachers’ pack. We plan to develop similar resources to cover ethical issues around selective breeding and the environmental impacts of farming systems.

Most people learn more by talking than listening, but not everyone can be persuaded to talk in front of a whole class. These discussion cards and worksheets encourage students to discuss ethical issues in small groups (ages 10-adult).

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