Religious teaching and laws about the welfare and value of animals will affect attitudes to animal rights. For Buddhists, the principle of ahimsa is a key teaching.
Why are there UK laws concerning animals?
To protect animals from cruelty
To support animal experiments
To ensure people can do what they want with animals
Which of these organisations helps protect animals?
World Wildlife Fund
The Red Cross
What is a vegetarian?
A person who will eat all types of meat and fish
A person who will only eat fruit that has fallen from trees
A person who will not eat any meat
Why do most people keep animals as pets?
To use in order to gain money
How does the belief in ahimsa affect Buddhist attitudes towards animals?
Buddhists will try their hardest not to cause any harm to animals
Buddhists believe that humans are more important and will therefore believe that animals can be sacrificed to prevent harm being done to humans
Buddhists believe that harm should only be done to animals when they need to be killed to feed humans
Where does the Buddha use stories about animals to demonstrate Buddhist beliefs?
The Jataka Tales
The Vinaya Pitaka
The Sutta Pitaka
What do some Buddhist monks own to help them avoid harming animals life?
A mouth covering to ensure that they do not, unintentionally, swallow a small living creature
A book which gives them advice as to how to help animals in distress
A water strainer so that they do not, unintentionally, harm a life when drinking water
What are Buddhist views on vegetarianism?
Some Buddhists are vegetarian but some do eat meat
All Buddhists are vegetarian
All Buddhists eat meat and are non-vegetarian
Because of their beliefs about living things, what are most Buddhists opposed to?
Hunting animals for pleasure
What happens in some viharas?
The Jataka Tales are written
Only vegetarian food is cooked
Wild, abandoned or stray animals are given food and shelter