Yesterday we visited the Grade 5 Exhibition.
Learning about pet adoption, cruelty-free cosmetics, how animal rights issues have changed over times and some pressing animal right issues today.
Learning about issues such as wildlife poaching and pet abandonment.
Changes in technology
Technology in sports
Stress, anxiety and depression
Afterwards we went back to the classroom and discussed what we learnt.
Nora: I learnt from my sister about animals that are killed, like an elephant for its trunk.
Siena: Trunk or tusks?
Nora: Oh yeah, tusks.
Siena: Because it's ivory.
Claire: I don't know why people do that.
Siena: Because they think it's very beautiful and they make nice things out of it.
Nora: And they kill rhinos.
Arwyn: For their horns.
Emma: Why doesn't someone protect them?
Nora: Or they could build like a really big fence around it?
Johnny: Yah, why don't they put like tons of police officers there or something? Or they could check people going in, like they do at the airport, to make sure they don't have any guns or bad things?
We watched a YouTube clip taken at a reserve. It was a very large piece of land. We could see how that could be difficult.
Johnny: Why don't they put like tons of police officers there or something?
We talked about park rangers.
Griff: But if the poachers have guns, wouldn't they just shoot them or something rather than listening to them?
Ms Leah told us it does happen. Worldwide about two rangers are killed every week. There are often conflicts between those who see animals as a large source of income and those who want to protect them.
Johnny: They need to do something! Lots of animals are killed for their coats like tigers and lions.
Arwyn: Lions are not killed for their coats.
Johnny: They're not?
Arwyn: No, leopards and cheetahs are. Sometimes tigers.
Johnny: Then why are lions killed... wait a second, do some people kill animals just for say fun?
Arwyn: They do. Some people do?
Griff: I don't know. Maybe they think it's fun or cool or something. Maybe they feel strong and powerful.
We talked about trophy hunting. We discussed the case of Cecil, the lion. We watched YouTube clips to find out more about Cecil, what happened, how and why.
Johnny: Thirty-five thousand pounds!!! That's like a million dollars.
We talked about how it would be about double of thirty-five thousand in Singapore dollars.
Griff: Then that's about 70,000 dollars in Singapore.
Nora: Did it say he had cubs? That's kids.
Emma: Now nobody will look after them.
Shotaro: And the other lion may kill them.
Johnny: Why are people allowed to do that?
Nora: They shouldn't let them do it!
Griff: But Cecil was lured from the national park at night. It said it was illegal.
Emanie: Illegal means not allowed.
Johnny: But later it said countries are allowing them to kill animals, just not there, not in the national parks.
Siena: It's because they want the money.
Arwyn: They need money, because they don't have enough money there.
Nora: But the animals are getting lesser and lesser.
Emma: Yah! They are going to get extinct!
Johnny: Somebody needs to make them stop.
Griff: Well, if some airlines have said they aren't going to take heads or skins of the animals on their planes, maybe the other airlines could do too. Like maybe next time we take a plane we can ask if they allow heads and skins of animals on the plane. If they don't, then fine. If they do, we can ask them to stop allowing them. If they can't bring them back to their countries, maybe they will stop killing for trophies.
Siena: Yes, or maybe we could write letters to the airlines.