Animal rights propaganda risk

2nd June 2006 at 01:00
The recent convictions of animal rights terrorists, including a supply teacher, show how dangerous a simple idea can be in motivating extremism, in this case the belief that animals have equivalent moral worth to human beings.

Teachers should be aware that campaigning groups that espouse the cause of animal rights are producing well-thought-out teaching materials in which this message is embedded.

If we are not to produce a generation who fall prey to ideas of this kind, might I suggest that the most careful scrutiny be applied to the educational material offered to schools by organisations like PeTA, Animal Aid and other animal rights groups.

Peter Pike



Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today