SAMPLE CASE FOR THE Middle SCHOOL ETHICS OLYMPIAD



Using Animals



Babe Pig in the city





Summary

Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett wins a piglet named Babe at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly's jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn't conform to the farm's social hierarchy?

Click here for the case. students will watch this small segment of the film Babe.

Study Questions

(1)Do you think it is OK to eat animals as long as they are stupid?

(2)Which animals would you not eat and why?

(3) All animals can experience pain. Is this relevant to the question of whether it is all right to eat them.

(4) When you learned that the duck had a name did it change your feelings about the family eating it?

(5) in China people eat dogs. In France people eat horses. Is this any more disgusting that eating cows or pigs?

(6) Should we all be vegetarians?


This case was designed by Professor Tom Wartenberg - 'Whats the Big Idea- Big Questions for Middle School Students'


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