(IELTS SPEAKING PART-1) Animals & pets
1. Do you think animals have feelings and rights? (Why?/Why not?)
I think animals can think and feel too. I’m sure you have heard of the story of a dog named Hachiko that waited for his owner’s return every day for more than nine years after his owner’s death. Such remarkable loyalty shown by a dog made me realize that animals can have emotions too. I also believe animals should be granted rights so that there’s a clear legal limit to human behaviors in relation to animals.
2. Some people breed animals such as dogs for money. How do you feel about that?
I’m fine with people breeding animals for money as long as they don’t hurt the animals in the process. I know some people who breed dogs for a living but I know that they love the dogs and truly care for them; they would never want to see the dogs in pain, so I don’t see anything wrong with such a practice.
3. Do you think there should be laws to protect the welfare of pets and farm animals? (For example, laws against cruel treatment.) Why?/Why not?
Absolutely. If you think about it, animals are vulnerable, defenseless, and completely under a man’s control / in a man’s charge. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that animals deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. People who disregard the wellbeing of animals should be brought to court and held accountable for violating animal rights.
4. Are there any wild animals in your country that are not found in any other country?
I’m aware of only a few endangered species, such as the pheasant, Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, Crested Argus, and the Annam black muntjac.
5. Are there any animal reserves in your country where wild animals can live with protection?
As far as I know, there are several national parks and nature reserves across the country to protecting wild plant and animal species and their habitats.
6. How do people feel about the protection of wild animals?
For the most part, I’m sure people are well aware of the importance of protecting wild animals and endangered species. Particularly many youngsters nowadays are actively playing their part in wildlife conservation by participating in animal conservation volunteer programs in remote areas of the country and sharing stories of illegal wildlife trade on their social media in hope of raising overall animal welfare standards.
7. What should we do to protect endangered animals?
Well, I think that people in modern society should protect our environment in order to provide a comfortable home for endangered animals. We cannot deny that the modern people cut down a lot of trees and exhaust the wasted gas into the air in order to develop the economy, all of which will have a bad influence on the inhabitants of the endangered animals. In this case, I think the whole of society should work together to improve the quality of the natural environment in order to provide a comfortable home for those endangered animals.
8. Have you seen any TV programs about animals?
Well, I have seen a TV program named ‘The Animal World’. This program is a popular program in CCTV. The host will introduce a kind of animal to the audience in every episode of the program. For example, I have watched an episode about the lion last month. In that episode, the host has not only introduced the living habits, the different species of the lions; through videos but also introduced the whole evolutionary process of the lion in detail. So, I think I have benefited a lot from the program, and it makes my extracurricular life more colorful.
9. Why do some people refuse to eat animals?
Well, there are several reasons. What I want to mention first is that some people think it is not healthy to eat animals. When people eat animals, they always eat meat as well as some internal organs. However, those kinds of stuff contain too much oil and fat, which is harmful to people’s health. In order to keep healthy, some people refuse to eat animals and prefer to eat fruits and vegetables. Secondly, some people think that it is too cruel to eat animals. Those people think that killing animals is too bloody and cruel since the delicious food is based on the animals’ lives. So, I think those are the reasons why some people refuse to eat animals.
10. What would happen when some species disappear from the earth?
Well, the reason why some species disappear on earth is that the people do not focus on environmental protection, and they cut down the trees in the forests as well as contaminate the air in order to promote the economical and industrial development. Their behaviors do great harm to the animals’ inhabitants and will lead to the extinction of some species directly. It is widely acknowledged that every species plays its own role in the ecological system. The disappearance of some species on earth will lead to ecological imbalance and is also harmful to people’s lives in the long run.
11. How do you feel about the use of animals for medical research?
Well, as far as I am concerned, I do not support doing experiments on animals. What I want to mention first is that those experiments are too cruel for animals. I remembered when I was a student in the university, the students on the medical campus always use little rats and little rabbits to do the experiment in order to test the side effects of the medicine. They injected those chemical medicines into the animal, and some of the animals die of the pain. I think this process is too cruel for the animals. Secondly, doing experiments on animals is a kind of disrespect to lives. Although the animals cannot talk in human languages, they have their own thoughts and I think they should have the right to choose their own lives. Based on the reasons mentioned above, I think we should not do experiments on animals.