Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 - Before Breakfast)
Chapter 1 Before Breakfast
Fern is horrified to find her father plans to kill the runt of the recent litter of pigs, and she accuses him of being unjust. She does not think it is fair for the pig to die just because it is small. Her father, on the other hand, does not seem to have given any thought to whether the pig has any right on its own to live. He takes it for granted that he can kill, raise, or sell his pigs as he sees fit. Many people, in fact, think animals are in the world to serve people as beasts of burden or as food, while other people think animals have rights and should not be taken advantage of or slaughtered for their meat.
The objective of this lesson is to explore issues surrounding the fairness of humankind's treatment of animals and...
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