Essay Ideas 16 to 20
16. Adopt an Animal
A zoo run a very successful "Adopt An Animal" scheme, where
you can adopt absolutely any animal of any kind. People pay £25 per
year to the zoo. In return they get a book and a video about the animal
plus a quarterly magazine about all the animals that have been adopted;
and the zoo send £10 to a charity for the type of animal concerned (for
example £10 towards St Tiggiwinkles for Hedgehogs). However, half the
time the zoo do not have any animals of the types adopted, so that half
the time the stories are works of fiction.
- What is the zoo doing wrong?
- Is it doing anything right?
17. Badger Brushes
The chairman of a badger group in the UK uses a badger-hair shaving
brush. The hair was taken from the American badger which died from
- Is he a hypocrite for using badger products?
18. Conflicting rights?
A tiny woodland theatre specialises in entertaining physically and
mentally handicapped youngsters. The theatre want to build a concrete
path around the wood and illuminate it at night and provide music and
tactile shapes. All this new noise and activity at night would certainly
disturb the badgers who live nearby, and would reduce their ability to
- How do you balance the right to life for the badgers against the
desire for entertainment by the youngsters?
19. Badger Damage?
A stately home have a well-made and famous organic vegetable garden.
The food from the garden is served in their restaurant to people who
want to buy meals. Unfortunately, it appears that some of the vegetables
are being dug up by a badger. The badgers also eat windfall fruit (that
can't be sold anyway), and they do clear up bits of picnics left by
- How do you weigh up the loss of profits the badgers actually do to
- Would it be morally acceptable for the stately home to install a
painful (but otherwise harmless) electric fence to keep the badger
- How might they assess the risks of trying to be
"pro-organic" and "anti-wildlife"?
20. Ancient Crimes?
200 years ago it was a tradition in Scotland to give various bits of
dead badgers as gifts or trophies (for example, teeth, claws, face
masks, etc). Whilst the killing of badgers was allowed 200 years ago, it
- What are the arguments for and against keeping or destroying these
- Would it be acceptable to sell these trophies, and give the
profits to a badger charity?
- Would it be better to simply take the trophies, and bury them in