Animal Rights Spectrum Quiz

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Animal Rights Spectrum Quiz

Where do you fall on the spectrum of animal rights? The answer might surprise you!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few"-Spock
    • A. 

      Agree

    • B. 

      Disagree

  • 2. 
    MegaPets pet store sells thousands of live mice to pet-owners. Sometimes as pets, in which case they go to a (hopefully) happy home. Other times, they sell them as live prey for predatory pets. Is this ethical?
    • A. 

      Ethical. This is the natural food chain for these animals.

    • B. 

      Unethical. MegaPets should respect the individual rights of the mice

    • C. 

      Why does it matter? The only things these mice are good for is to be pets or pet food.

    • D. 

      Unethical. These animals are potential invasive species.

  • 3. 
    Andrew Linzey once wrote, "If humans claim lordship over creation, then it can only be a lordship of service." Do you agree or disagree?
    • A. 

      True, humans should practice good stewardship over the earth.

    • B. 

      False, the natural world is only for human use.

  • 4. 
    In a large room, there are two airtight glass cells with a single red button in front of each. In one cell is your younger sibling. In the other cell is your favorite childhood pet. In five minutes, both cells will fill with with an equal amount of poisonous gas, killing whatever it touches. If you press one of the buttons in front of the glass cells, it will fill that cell with all of the gas, killing whatever is inside that cell, but sparing whatever is in the other one. 
    • A. 

      Kill your younger sibling

    • B. 

      Kill your favorite childhood pet

  • 5. 
    A MegaPets tractor trailer carries thousands of live mice for MegaPets stores across the country. One day, it tips over while driving on a road that goes by Pisgah national forest, and all of the mice are released into the forest. Reproducing rapidly, these mice cause great damage to the local ecosystem. A group of Ecologists from Brevard announce that they have developed a powerful poison specifically designed to only kill the MegaPets mice, and that they can release it into the forest at anytime. Is this ethical? Why or why not?
    • A. 

      Ethical. They're just mice, and their rights are of no consideration to humans.

    • B. 

      Unethical. The mice are sentient beings, capable of pain and pleasure, and deserve the right to live.

    • C. 

      Ethical. While it is terrible that the mice need to die, the needs of the ecosystem take priority.

    • D. 

      Ethical. We should maintain the enviroment as it was meant to be.

  • 6. 
    You're driving in the middle of the night through a heavy rainstorm. Suddenly, a bobcat runs out into the middle of the road. At your speed, you only have enough time to swerve out of the way, but in this rain there's a great chance that you may lose control of your car. If you don't swerve, you'll surely kill the bobcat. Do you...
    • A. 

      Keep driving, sad to kill the bobcat, but unwilling to risk a car accident.

    • B. 

      Try to swerve around the bobcat, risking your own life for it's own.

    • C. 

      Try to swerve around the bobcat to protect a vital part of the local ecosystem.

    • D. 

      Keep driving, not caring if the bobcat dies or not.

  • 7. 
    Animals are "somebody" rather than "something". Do you agree or disagree?
    • A. 

      Agree

    • B. 

      Disagree

  • 8. 
    A factory dumps industrial runoff into a nearby river, which is the main source of water for the local ecosystem. As a result, animals that drink the water begin to get sick, and plants nearby the riverbank start to die. A local group of activists call for the factory to be shut down, but doing so would layoff hundreds of local jobs. Another group demands for the company that owns the factory to clean up the pollution themselves, costing the companys millions of dollars. What would you do?
    • A. 

      Close the factory so the the ecosystem can return to normal.

    • B. 

      Close the factory to protect the individual organisms.

    • C. 

      Leave the factory open, maintaining jobs for the local workers.

    • D. 

      Clean the river, fixing the company's mistake, but costing it millions.

  • 9. 
    MedCo pharmacutical company develops a cure to cancer. It's super-effective, easy to manufacture, and incredibly cheap. The only catch is, it requires a particular jelly extracted from a rare jellyfish native to the Pacific Ocean. This  always results in its death. The cure will be in so much demand that the jellyfish will surely go extinct after a couple of years, but by then scientists will have discovered how to synthesize the jelly artificially. Should the cure be made?
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      Yes

  • 10. 
    Rivers, hills, and mountains are moral patients as much as humans or animals. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
    • A. 

      Agree. Natural features of the Earth have rights that deserve as much consideration as organic life.

    • B. 

      Disagree. Only creatures capable of pain and pleasure are moral patients, and thus posses rights.

    • C. 

      Disagree. Only humans and animals, in that order, are moral patients.

    • D. 

      Disagree. Only human beings are moral patients.

  • 11. 
    Koko the gorilla is clearly intelligent. She can use over 1,000 different signs, allowing her to participate in rudimentary communication with her handlers. She is also empathic, having "adopted" a kitten that she took care of like a child. She is trapped in a burning building. On the other side of the building is a human child, who was somehow left behind when the building was evacuated. Who do you save?
    • A. 

      The Gorrila

    • B. 

      The Baby

  • 12. 
    You have a cut of delcious steak that, due to a noticable imperfection, are not going to eat. While walking down the road to return it to the butcher, you pass the most adorable dog. It looks up at you with its big ol' eyes, wagging his tail and positively begging for the slab of beef. You think about it for a moment, and decide to... 
    • A. 

      Just keep walking, this kind of meat probably isn't meant to be consumed by canines.

    • B. 

      Toss him the steak; the butcher will just throw it out, and the dog will probably enjoy it more.

    • C. 

      Give it the steak. There's no reason not to take care of other creatures.

    • D. 

      Keep the steak, since you can get a refund for it, but stop for a minute to pet the dog anyways!

  • 13. 
    You are a field biologist, lost somewhere deep in Yellowstone. Half-starved of hunger, you finally managed to catch something in one of your traps; a wolf. It seems to be stunned, and injured, and you could easily dispatch of it and provide a meal for yourself, giving you the energy you need to hike to the closest ranger station. However, you also know that this wolf is an important part of Yellowstone's natural ecosystem, and even this one wolf could help or hinder the repopulation efforts. Dressing the wolf's wounds with the last of your supplies would probably save it's life, but there's no telling if or when you'll need the supplies you use. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Dispatch of the wolf.

    • B. 

      Dress its wounds

  • 14. 
    Why do you keep a pet?
    • A. 

      For friendship and affection

    • B. 

      For amusement and personal fulfillment.

  • 15. 
    Is it ethical to purchase meat-based pet food for your carnivorous pets?
    • A. 

      Of course. This is what they naturally eat, and there's nothing wrong with that.

    • B. 

      Not at all. Meat process is an unethical practice, and I will not participate in it.

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