Veterinarian School Interview
How do Animal Rights and Animal Welfare differ?
How to Answer
This is a knowledge-based question, and so the interviewer is looking for you to demonstrate your understanding of the industry by asking you a specific question to test your skills. It is therefore essential that prior to your interview you spend some time focusing on the role, and the wider picture to prepare yourself for questions such as this.
"PETA defines Animal Rights and Animal Welfare simply. Animal rights mean that animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation. Animal welfare allows these uses as long as 'humane' guidelines are followed."
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"Animal rights mean that animals have rights and that they should not be used for human services, for example, medical research, food, entertainment, or hunting. While Animal welfare means that these human serveries are allowed, but there needs to be humane guidelines."
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"Animal rights is an overextension of welfare in which believers think animals deserve all the rights of a human. Divisive animal rights organizations operate to end all human use of animals. They often gain well-meaning followers through misinformation. Animal welfare is the belief that animals can ethically be used by humans if they are guaranteed safety and comfort. Animal production industries are increasingly supporting changes to practices to ensure animal welfare and appease consumer demands. This is a positive change in the industry to avoid undue suffering."
Your answer is full and well thought out. Exceptional job outlining the distinction between these two approaches.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"Animal welfare is the idea that animals should be treated humanely. They should be protected from unnecessary pain and suffering. Animals can be used for human benefit as long as their needs are met. Animal rights emphasizes that animals should have the same rights as humans and should never be used for human gain. They should be allowed to live a life free of human interference and exploitation."
Well said! Your definition of each, and how they differ, is nice and clear.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"Animal rights and animal welfare differ quite tremendously. I see the side of animal welfare more. In the realm of animal rights, the common belief is that animals have rights that are equal to humans. Many animal rights activists believe that using animals for any learning or scientific advantage is morally wrong. However, those who see more eye to eye with the idea of animal welfare believe that animals should be used to benefit humans as long as the animals are treated as humanely as possible, and any pain is not unnecessary."
You make an excellent distinction here while remaining neutral — very good job.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!