Food Inc. Discussion Questions
Watch the film and answer the following questions:
If animals should have certain rights, do you think those rights also apply to
animals we raise for food, like chickens or pigs? Are there any rights that these
farm animals should have? If so, what are they?
One animal does not have greater importance over another, such as one human is not more life worthy than another. In this case to say certain animals should have rights whereas others should not is wrong. So yes a dog and a chicken should have rights and the same rights. The more difficult question is what exactly these rights should be. It is reasonable to try to prevent the most obvious cases of gratuitous suffering or torture of animals, but beyond that, non-human animals yes deserve to be given “rights”, but cannot simply be granted. The animals are treated like scum, kept in the dark with no concept of an outside world. Some rights they should be graced with are the right to the outdoors, and the right to roam.
How do you think farm animals should be treated? How do your ideas compare
to what you saw in the film?
It seems as if each industry in the film has the power to define cruelty. This is as ridiculous as giving a burglar the power to determine their punishment. Why these industries are not charged with aggravated cruelty to animals is something I cannot understand. Is it not the same to kick a dog or kick a chicken with the same anger?
Richard Lobb of the National Chicken Council says in the film, “In a way, we’re
not producing chickens, we’re producing food.” What does this statement
mean? Do you agree or disagree with it? How might this perspective affect the
way that chickens are raised?
Many of us were surprised to learn that corn is so prevalent in our foods. Why
do you think we were so surprised?
Of course people are surprised to find out corn is so prevalent because the problem is it’s not even just in...
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