Over the last month the two grade ⅞ classes Snow Lake & Turnberry have been reading a book called “Half Brother” by Kenneth Oppel . We have been doing this on via Skype. It has its good days when it is clear and then it has its bad days when we have to read on our own. Usually Mrs. Durnin & Mr Fisher take turns reading, one day Mrs. Durnin and the next Mr. Fisher. In the book “Half Brother” there is a family of three (mom Sarah, dad Richard and son Ben) in the 1970’s. The book started out as the family was moving away to Vancouver. The father needed a chimp for university research so the mother had got a chimp before they had to leave. Ben is conflicted, and disturbed by William Eckler’s lecture on the horror’s of animal testing Do you feel guilty about eating animals or wearing leather goods? Why or why not?
I do feel guilty about eating animals and wearing leather goods. I feel guilty of this because all of the things they do to the animals is cruel and just mean.If chimps and all those other animals that get needles stuck in them were bigger than us and humans were lower on the food chain, I don’t think that these animals would be poking us with needles while were in cages no bigger than what we are. We wouldn’t strap a baby into a chair and watch them try to learn.I feel guilty of this because when Richard thought it was a good idea to get Zan a learning chair, Ben, Zan, and Peter hated it and protested. In conclusion, even though I fish and hunt for some animals, I think it is still wrong to kill some of these exotic animals.