Are animals' feelings more important than human wants?

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"Animals' feelings are more important than human wants." How far do you agree?

This means we should put we want aside, and see animals' feelings (for example of pain and suffering) as more important.

This is the question posed at the end of the Learning Zone activity for this Headline.

What's your thoughts?

Do you strongly agree? Strongly disagree? Or somewhere in between?

Add your comments below, and don't forget to give reasons for your answers - use the word "because" to explain your thinking!

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  • British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Sep 2021

    Secondly, I feel that the matter is exposed to a bigger problem due to the desire of man and his opinion in my opinion (in a place in between), so if we study the matter logically, we cannot live without animals, whether we benefit from them in our food or etc.. But if we think about them emotionally, we will support the animals because they Beings like us must live and coexist with us, so most people may not be able to decide on this matter, but you must take into account that a person cannot live without animals to eat, but he can live without them in matters of pleasure (such as animal racing and wrestling) that is very brutal. To make them more aware of the feelings of these animals and not to make them fight. It is not necessary. We should care about the feelings of the animals. Or they end their lives for fun.But in the end, there remains an internal conflict between logic, which is the mind and feelings, which are the heart in a person. stay (in between)

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      compassionate_explanation's comment 06 Sep 2021

      By "a person cannot live without animals to eat" do you mean eating the animals themselves, or using them to help with farming, or both?

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  • British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Sep 2021

    My thoughts first is that we take the opinion of the world peoples on this subject. Secondly, we separate the animals that should be taken care of and whose meat is not eaten, while the ones whose meat is eaten are the ones that should vote to be eaten or not eaten because this is up to the people or people to think is to use emotion or logic .

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  • British Council.jpg adept_fact | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    08 Sep 2021

    Even though it may sound inhumane, I would say no to the question. Because prioritising animal feelings before human needs is like a lion letting go of its prey even though it is hungry. Of course I am against torture, trafficking, sport killing animals but we do need them for transport, food agriculture etc. We can consume vegetations too but for the well being of our health it is proven that we need both to survive and strive. If we were to think of feelings, then our entire dependence on aninals is wrong as it is mostly one sided.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      adept_fact's comment 08 Sep 2021

      Can you think of one reason why someone might challenge your point of view?

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    2. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg diplomatic_avocado | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
      adept_fact's comment 24 Nov 2021

      I see where your coming from, but we can get protien in many different forms, just being vegetarian or peskitarian you can get alot of protien, and there are meat substitutes like beyond burger, beyond sausage etc.

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      1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
        diplomatic_avocado's comment 24 Nov 2021

        A thoughtful point of view, diplomatic_avocado.

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  • British Council.jpg adept_fact | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    09 Sep 2021

    Someone might come forward saying that as creature with finest thinkings, we should avoid all sort of killings and painful activities done to animals. But it is nature's law that the larger creature will consume and depend on the smaller one for its survival. We must show animals sympathy and respect their feelings considering our mental development among the creatures but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should fully keep aside aninals from our life. Rather we should be more rational to other living beings while dealing with them.

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  • British Council.jpg secure_cymbals | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Sep 2021

    Yes I agree .
    Because perhaps it is time for us to consider animal feelings as important as we do with human feelings, as human psychology has medical and scientific studies since ancient times that analyze the simplest and most accurate details of his way of life and his way of dealing with the environment and with his human relationships, there is also an interest in studying animal feelings, as some animals can Understanding human feelings, dogs can feel what humans feel, as well as horses, and whales have different dialects according to the areas in which they live, and crows have a feature that scientists have long considered human only, which is the “theory of mind”; Some experiments have proven that crows can read each other's thoughts, so perhaps now humans should recalculate, because animals already have some human characteristics.

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  • British Council.jpg impartial_lute | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    21 Sep 2021

    I agree with you.
    In your saying (the feelings of animals are more important than human desires), because the principle of living life is feelings and feelings, it is necessary that our feelings and the feelings of animals be positive. For the continuation of a healthy life
    What do you think man desires from animals???!
    It may be pleasure, entertainment, play, friendship, or something else, so a person can take what he desires from animals without hurting their feelings.. I mean without torturing and beating them, but rather feeding and caring for them, because they are creatures that need that.
    (May our wish for peace be fulfilled)
    We have to educate everyone about how to deal with animals well, because if they become extinct, humans will lose hope in playing or enjoying and having fun with them.
    The saying aims to achieve peace what you want and preserve feelings
    Do you agree with me??

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  • British Council.jpg trusting_oboe | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    22 Sep 2021

    This topic actually covers a lot of facts since this is about all the animals of the world. Now, we have to accept the fact that human beings depend on animals for various reasons, like eating their meat, making necessary things out of their skin and so on. But on the other side we also have to remember that animals do have feelings. A few hours back I watched the video related to the topic. Animal racing and other games were mentioned there. According to my opinion these are really cruel to the animals. If we continue to treat the animals like we are treating them now, soon many species will be extinct which will hamper the environmental balance more. Therefore we really need to educate and raise awareness among people about treating animals right. In conclusion, we do need animals but we can also treat them right by not hurting them unnecessarily. We really need to make a balance in our behaviour towards them to create a better world for both them and us.

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Sep 2021

    In my opinion, the concept of feelings that belong to animals does not matter here, because we humans are dominant beings, we are the top of the hierarchy, we are beings that animals serve in their interest , because they are animals that are inferior to us, that is, they are weak. They cannot defend themselves. We exploit them. We humans take the concept of survival for the strongest as a basic principle in our lives , we sympathize with people with the concept of humanity, but we do not sympathize with animals with the concept of animality. Animals have feelings, but the matter affects our selfishness ,
    also, we as human beings have needs and desires, and the concept of empathy does not matter to humanity, and our selfishness and self are more important than them ,
    and as we know that animals are a basic food source, and where global consumption of meat is expected to rise by more than 1% this year, we do not forget that it is an important economic resource, That is, if we base our work on the fact that animals have feelings, only us will be the loser here. This is not something that you have to be emotional, but rather you have to be rational , Rather, you have to be rational , With our awareness and our development, we have the right to take advantage of them so that we can live and our lives become easier , the topic is subjective, and I see that people who care about the feelings of animals and so on are vegetarians, who take it emotionally

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  • British Council.jpg smart_glacier | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    God created the universe in balance, so I can't say that my right hand is better than my left hand, both of which I can't do without Likewise, the relationship between man and animals, God has harnessed it to help us, and in return He created in our hearts mercy and compassion for it and commanded us to be kind to it, so we cannot deny its feelings and Since God has distinguished us with reason, we must be more merciful to animals.

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  • trusting_song | Wisdom Consultancy | Turkey
    28 Sep 2021

    i mean eating animal is ok i think because human is has. to eat meat to be a healthy adult/child or we can say human being.But i do respect people who is vegeterian.We need to consider human needs but we shouldn't kill animals just for fun.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      trusting_song's comment 29 Sep 2021

      Do you think everyone agrees that humans "have to eat meat to be healthy"? Are you sure this is true?

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    2. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg clever_duck | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
      trusting_song's comment 29 Sep 2021

      i completely agree with this and do think that it is fine to eat an animal for nutrition or because of hunger as without any food we will die which will leave our family and friends in tears and there will be no one to take care of our pets or the other animals leading all animals to go extinct or there is the possibility. away form that i do think that we should take animals feelings into our lives.

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      1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
        clever_duck's comment 29 Sep 2021

        That got me thinking - do you think it would be better or worse for most animals if there were no humans in the world, clever_duck?

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  • spectacular_crab | Wisdom Consultancy | Turkey
    28 Sep 2021

    I think animal feeling are more important than human needs because we need to see an animal's perspective when we are working on this subject. So if animals bought whatever they wanted and didn't care about our feelings, we would feel angry and worthless. So I think animals should be considered as emotional beings. So next time we buy something, I think we should check up if it harms an animal.

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  • British Council.jpg loved_vegetable | El Rafie A | Egypt
    29 Sep 2021

    Animals are good for people, for the environment, for agriculture, so if you feed animals you take meat, some animals you take wool to make clothes, some animals you take leather to make shoes and leather bags, some animals you help farmers grow and transport heavy things, and animals are good for the environment in general, because when they die, they can be buried for years and come up with organic material for good things.

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  • British Council.jpg efficient_theory | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    29 Sep 2021

    Personaly ,I agree that animals'feelings are more important than human wants because they have feelings like us and if we were in their place we can't accept all this pain and suffering .Secondly,I think that we need to eat them to live and that's not bad for them because they too eat other animals to survive and it's the law of nature.But when we use and torture animals for clothes ,cosmetics and many other usless things it's not good for them .Same for the pollution , hunting without law and imprisoned them in the zoo just for fun , all these crimes have a negative effects on them . So , I think that it's time to stop these animals'pain and we have to take care of them especially since they can't defend themselves .

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  • British Council.jpg excellent_snow | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Oct 2021

    Perhaps it is time for us to consider animal feelings as important as we do with human feelings, as human psychology has medical and scientific studies since ancient times that analyze the simplest and most accurate details of his way of life and the way he deals with the environment and with his human relationships, there must also be interest in studying animal feelings, as some Animals can understand human feelings, dogs can feel what humans feel, as well as horses, and whales have different dialects according to the areas in which they live, and crows have a feature that scientists have always considered human only, which is the “theory of mind”; Crows can read each other's thoughts, so perhaps now humans have to recalculate. Animals already have some human characteristics.

    Man is not the only living creature that can express happiness. All pet owners in the house know very well when a dog expresses happiness, for example, or when a cat moves its tail, meaning that it expresses its happiness.

    We must let animals live in a safe world!

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  • Cheam Fields logo resilient_insect | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    02 Oct 2021

    I feel in between because I feel that we shouldn't push our lives away but at the same time I would want the animals to live happy lives too. I do feel we need to consider animals lives. The ways we can help is to get more people to be vegetarian and live of plants instead of meat.

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  • British Council.jpg selfassured_mode | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    05 Oct 2021

    I believe that the animals have feelings, but their feelings can not over-weigh the need of people. food chain is a natural phenomenon of nature and as humans are the consumer in this chain, they need to use these animals for farming, agriculture, transportation, and as food sources to survive. However I definitely think that they should not be tortured without an urgent necessity. We often see animals are hunted for their beautiful skin, teeth and bones to make fancy products; and that is totally inhumane. So I do not think using animals to satisfy our needs is wrong, but torturing and slaughtering them just for entertainment should be stopped.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg serious_avocado | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    06 Oct 2021

    animal feelings are so much more important than people because you cant hear animals talk but you can hear humans so if they show facial expressions that you cant tell but you can if they were humans but some animals have great hearing and you say something offensive about their species and they could get angry you could get hurt

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    1. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg energetic_dinosaur | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
      serious_avocado's comment 24 Nov 2021

      I agree with you because humans don't have the right mind skills to understand animals so they might be able to understand us and if we say something harmful to them and we could get hurt.

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    2. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg great_ladder | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
      serious_avocado's comment 24 Nov 2021

      i agree a bit because they can hear you and show emotions but they might not get angry but get upset and think why do they hate me but i do think animal do have feelings like a money can get sad from words like humans.

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  • British Council.jpg splendid_fruit | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Oct 2021

    I think I am somewhere in between, because when I read this question, the chicken came to my mind when my mother cooked it, frankly, I was sad, but my mother told me that this animal was created to eat it and build our bodies with it, so our body needs a lot of building food, and she said that we always make our decisions with our minds and not By our hearts, I mean when you think about how important some areAnimals that are allowed to be eaten This is how you think correctly, but do not use your heart because this animal has a fate, whoever will die instead of dying without benefiting from it, so it is better to eat it, but despite this some animals were created to live and give a beautiful appearance to the environment, some animals that we do not allow To eat it, its feelings are more important than our desire, but if it isIt is allowed to eat it. Our desire is more important than its feelings.

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  • British Council.jpg practical_seal | El Rafie A | Egypt
    28 Oct 2021

    Yes , I agree strongly as animals are living organisms that have feelings , can feel happy , can feel hungry also can feel ache and pain . Animals couldn't speak or express about their needs or desires or don't have mind this doesn't mean we neglect their feelings and make them meaningless in our life.
    Also animals are useful as some people make relationships and keep them also there are another pet animals we feed on their meat and milk

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  • British Council.jpg precious_tiger | El Rafie A | Egypt
    30 Oct 2021

    Yes, I agree, but under certain conditions, the feelings of animals must be appreciated by humans and they are very important, but through this it does not affect human life or cause an imbalance in the ecological balance. Some people kill many rare animals and hunt them for entertainment. In my opinion, this is a destruction of the feelings of animals In order to entertain humans, the two are important and complementary to the ecological balance, and animals are important to humans, but humans must feel them.

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  • British Council.jpg digital_currant | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Nov 2021

    The feelings of animals are important to me. They are living creatures like us, and frankly, we cannot live without them. They are among the priorities in our lives. We must feed and water them. I see children beating animals, so they must be punished, even though we benefit from them, such as food, such as cows and chickens, and for guarding them, such as dogs. We do not feel them because they do not They speak and they do not have facial expressions, but we do have a mind and we know that they have feelings, so why not respect them?But not to the point of not eating it, it was created to eat it and it is one of the basics in our lives. If we don't eat it, we will die or starvation will happen in this world or something like that.

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  • British Council.jpg digital_currant | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    12 Nov 2021

    Animals have a sense of pain, fear, hunger, and others, and these previous feelings are shared between animals and humans.
    Where you share with animals complex feelings such as loss of loved ones and anger.
    Today I will write about three examples
    1_ A mother's love. Show feelings of mother's love and there are animals that are able to show their love for their mother.
    2_ a sense of fairness. Some people distinguish between justice and others, and there are monkeys who can, and they are "Capchin" monkeys.
    3- Desire for revenge. Some humans radiate revenge, and so do animals, and so animals feel like us.
    Sometimes animals appear to feel revenge, and there are two intelligent animals like humans, which are horses and chimpanzees, where chimpanzees remember their enemies.
    At the end of my topic, I advise humans to be kind to animals and the correct treatment with animals because animals have feelings like humans

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  • British Council.jpg champion_forest | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    21 Nov 2021

    Kindness to animals is a moral duty, animals grieve and suffer like humans, some people torture animals unethically and inappropriately, and others love to raise animals. The question that puzzled many people: Why are animals tortured? Animals are beautiful creatures that have many benefits, some of which can eat their meat, and some birds have an attractive view. Also, among the ways of torturing animals are poisonous food and an unhealthy environment. Animals, like humans, must live in a clean and safe environment. I am one of the people that raises and takes care of animals, and I am also interested in the centers responsible for raising animals. In my opinion, this is a good thing. Animals are beautiful and gentle creatures. Also, Islam has prohibited the torture of animals. If the animals are tortured, they will die. Therefore, a tax must be imposed on those who torture these animals.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg energetic_dinosaur | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    24 Nov 2021

    I think that animals does have the right mind to understand us and other animals but we only have the right mind to understand each other and animals might hear a mean comment and attack us so i think animals have feelings.

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