Sunday, August 14, 2005

Writing Task 2 Ex. 3

Below is a typcal Writing Task 2. You should write about 250 words and spend 40 minutes on this task.

A growing number of people feel animals should have the same rights as humans.
Discuss the difficulties that the adoption of such a policy would have for humans. What is your opinion on this matter?

See teacher's comment for model answer.


Blogger teacher said...

The issue of animal rights has long been hotly debated. Although many people hold the view that animals should have more rights and even the same rights as humans, in my opinion, this is only true to a certain extent. This essay outlines the reasons behind this opinion including the problems that people would face if animals had equal rights to humans.

In some cases animals should have similar rights to humans. For example the right to live free of pain and to be well-treated. This applies particularly to domesticated animals. Animals also ought not to be used in laboratory experiments.

However, “human rights” is a human concept. As such, it would be ridiculous to apply, for instance, the right to non-discrimination such as sexual discrimination, to animals. Similarly, murder is not an issue in the animal kingdom. In addition, not all animals are the same. Would an otter have the same rights as an amoeba?

The difficulties raised by questions such as these are innumerable. Some examples include policy decision-making. Humans would decide all policies and animals would have no voice in the matter, thus removing their right to equality. Furthermore, the legal implementation of policies would be too complex. Perhaps most problematic for humans, would be the radical change in farming and eating habits.

As can be seen from the above points, giving animals the same rights as humans would be totally impractical.

( 273 words)

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