Animal Rights Interview Questions

We are hoping to have footage of an animal rights advocate explain the dairy and veal industries in the perspective of someone who genuinely cares about animal cruelty, and is committed to improving the lives of animals. We are hoping that these animal rights advocates could be used as narrators, or protagonists in our documentary, and could describe the veal process.

I’ve been studying dairy farms in Vermont, how important do you think the dairy industry is for the Vermont economy?

Do you think that the product of the dairy industry is worth the potential animal abuse?

For Lawyers: What legal action has been taken involving the veal industry? What action would you take?

What are solutions to the veal problem? Are there anyway farmers wouldn’t have to sell their calves? Is there a way that farms can be sustainable?

We would like to use the footage from interviews with major and local Dairy Producers, to have understanding on what role they play in the dairy, and veal industries. We are hoping that this interview could determine another protagonist character, or an antagonist in our story.

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  • What do you understand by the statement, “The end justifies the means.”? Do you agree with it?
  • Do you think that it’s morally acceptable for scientists to use live animals in research for medicines that could be used to cure humans?
  • What do you feel about pain being inflicted on animals as a consequence of such testing? Does it matter?
  • Do you think that it’s morally acceptable for scientists to use live animals in research for cosmetics? If not, how should we test cosmetics?
  • Our Centre has conducted a series of online interviews with senior academics and lawyers working in animal rights and animal welfare law on the theme “Animal Rights Law: For or Against”. Our guests approach this theme from a range of different perspectives, and the interviews cover issues including

    Paula Sparks is Chairperson of the UK Centre for Animal Law (A-Law). Paula has an interest in animal law and regularly lectures and writes on topics around animal law. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Winchester where she teaches animal law and policy. She was previous a barrister where she practiced civil law at Doughty Street Chambers.

    Jonathan Lovvorn is a Lecturer in Law, Clinical Lecturer in Law, Senior Research Scholar in Law, and Faculty Co-Director of the Law, Ethics, & Animals Program at Yale Law School. Lovvorn’s teaching and scholarship focuses on the intersection of animal law, environmental law, and food policy, and the search for practical legal solutions that advance diverse public interest causes. Lovvorn also serves Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation for the Humane Society of the United States, and as a board member and/or legal advisor to other animal and environmental protection organisations.

    Richard L. Cupp is John W. Wade Professor of Law at Caruso School of Law, Pepperdine University. He teaches Animal Law, Torts, Products Liability, and Remedies. He has written extensively about the legal and moral status of animals and has advised many organizations on these subjects, including the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and Law, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

    David Favre is Professor of Law & The Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law at Michigan State University. He co-founded the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 1982 and has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. He teaches Property, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, and Animal Law.

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  • What rights should animals have?
  • Should warm and attractive animals like puppies and kittens have more rights than ugly animals like rats and cockroaches? Why?
  • In Spain apes have been given special rights, in part, because they are genetically close to humans. Do you agree? Should apes and monkeys have more rights than other animals?
  • What – if anything – makes humans “special”?
  • Do you think animals dream?
  • Do animals have emotions? If you have a pet, have you ever noticed it express what you consider to be an emotion?
  • Do you think animals “think”? (What is “thought”?)
  • Do you think it is wrong to eat animals? What are the advantages or disadvantages of being a vegetarian?
  • What do you think about people who wear fur coats? In some countries some people react very negatively to furs.
  • Some famous models sometimes protest to the wearing of furs by taking off their clothes. What do you feel about this as a method of protest?

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