During this term, we have looked at endangered animals, including the causes of extinction and how we can keep vulnerable animals safe. We discussed the importance of having a diverse planet and looking after all animals as this is so important to having a healthy ecosystem. We thought about things that we could do in order to protect animals e.g. make our gardens more wildlife-friendly, ask an adult to sign petitions to protect endangered animals, donate to an animal charity and much more. We created posters and presented these in assembly to raise awareness with our friends.
We also had a debate on the rights of humans and animals. Here are some of the questions/answers that came up:
Who is more important – animals or humans?
-Animals as they help us e.g. horses used for transport before we had cars.
-Both – we are both part of the world equally.
-Humans because we are more intelligent.
-In some ways animals are more intelligent than us though e.g. with hunting, communication etc.
-Animals because without them we would struggle e.g. the blind with guide dogs.
Do animals/humans hurt each other?
– Sometimes we hurt each other in self defence e.g. if a wild animal attacked us it would be ok to hurt them.
– This is just part of life cycle that we hurt each other.
-We hurt each other for food e.g. we eat cattle, a lion would attack us out of hunger instead of nastiness.
-We sometimes hurt animals for selfish reasons e.g. to use ivory from elephants tusks to make things to sell.
-When animals hurt us for what seems like no reason, often there is a reason e.g. they mistake us for something else – sharks/seals
-We hurt animals by doing things like cutting down trees.
Really by hurting the world e.g. destroying rainforests and killing endangered animals we are hurting ourselves.