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Talking about animals

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Humans are a kind of "animal". We share this world with many other animals. Use the English questions below to discuss the animal world. Start with the questions below. If you are studying by yourself, think about how you would answer these questions, using full sentences as much as possible.
1. Do you consider yourself an animal lover?

2. Are you afraid of snakes or spiders?

3. Is there a zoo near your home? How often do you go there?

4. Have you ever been to a farm? What animals can you see on a farm?

5. Is there an animal that is the symbol of your country?

6. Do you eat meat? Why are some people vegetarians who never eat meat?

7. Is there any kind of meat you would not eat? Why not?

8. Are there animal rights groups in your country? What do you think of them?

Discussion Questions
Here are more challenging questions on the topic of animals. Ask these questions to your friends and be ready to continue the conversation by asking follow up questions.
1. What do you think is the most interesting animal in the world?

2. Do you think it is acceptable to keep wild animals in a zoo? Why might some people be against zoos?

3. Do you think it is okay to test cosmetics on animals?

4. How do you feel about the use of animals for medical research?

5. What do you think of people who wear fur coats?

6. Do you think animals have "souls" (spirits)?

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