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Research Question: How effective are the methods of persuasion used by authors who hold strong views for or against animal rights? For example, you could begin with the argument made by Masson in The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, and then build your analysis by contrasting his methods with those of other authors. Or, instead of Masson, you could begin with Wise, Patterson, or Tuttle. Or you could choose an author of one of the books on reserve in the library, such as Adams, Marquardt, Linzey, Scully, or Spiegel. If you choose this topic area, you would need to judge carefully which authors are the most logically appropriate to synthesize and integrate into your argument. For example, if you use Adams, you would want to bring in the arguments of Alice Walker and Marjorie Spiegel, as well as key points in Patterson. But you would want to challenge their views with authors who strongly disagree with them.

TOPIC AREA 1
Research Question: How effective are the methods of persuasion used by authors who hold strong
views for or against animal rights? For example, you could begin with the argument made by
Masson in The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, and then build your analysis by contrasting his methods
with those of other authors. Or, instead of Masson, you could begin with Wise, Patterson, or Tuttle.
Or you could choose an author of one of the books on reserve in the library, such as Adams,
Marquardt, Linzey, Scully, or Spiegel. If you choose this topic area, you would need to judge
carefully which authors are the most logically appropriate to synthesize and integrate into your
argument. For example, if you use Adams, you would want to bring in the arguments of Alice
Walker and Marjorie Spiegel, as well as key points in Patterson. But you would want to challenge
their views with authors who strongly disagree with them.
INFORM: Present examples of the author’s means of persuasion and those of others who agree or
disagree with him or her. Include references to appropriate books in the library and to online sources.
REASON: Starting with your synthesis of Regan, Cohen, and Singer, use the critical thinking methods
we have studied to assess the effectiveness of the arguments you decide to focus on. Make careful
distinctions between methods that are similar in some ways but have important differences.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.
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TOPIC AREA 2
Research Question: How effective are the methods of persuasion used by organizations who hold
strong views for or against animal rights? You can find such organizations in the list of 1A Web Links
or the list of 1A Topics for Thought. PeTA is a prime example, but there are many other organizations
with different approaches. Sanctuaries for rescued farmed animals make a good topic. Or web sites
such as VegaTopia, SoulVegFolk, SistahVegan, Vegan Hip Hop Movement, Humane Farming
Association, or Vegan Anarchism (veganarchism). Go to 1A Web Links or 1A Topics for Thought, or
in some cases, to a subpage.
INFORM: Present examples of the means of persuasion and evaluate them using arguments of
authors who would agree or disagree. Integrate information from appropriate books in the library
and from other Internet sources.
REASON: Starting with your synthesis of Regan, Cohen, and Singer, use the critical thinking methods
we have studied to assess the effectiveness of the organization or web site you have chosen. Make
careful distinctions between methods that are similar in some ways but have important differences.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.
TOPIC AREA 3
Research Question: Find an idea that you strongly agree with or disagree with in Masson, Wise,
Patterson, or Tuttle. Why does this idea deserve our attention? Why do you support or reject it?
INFORM: Present the arguments of other authors and important thinkers who agree or disagree with
the author of your choice, bringing in appropriate lines of reasoning and evidence.
REASON: Use critical thinking methods to argue in support of positions you agree with and against
those you disagree with. Bring in the views of other authors, such as Regan, Cohen, and Singer.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.
TOPIC AREA 4
Research Question: What causes certain people to become an ethical vegetarian or vegan, and in
what ways are their decisions wise or unwise? What similarities and differences can you discover?
INFORM: Present details about the decisions made by people who have become vegans, which might
include famous people like Cesar Chavez, Ghandi, Dick Gregory, and Albert Schweitzer, as well as
people who are not famous but are known to you. Choose thoughtfully and organize purposefully.
REASON: Starting with your synthesis of Regan, Cohen, and Singer, use the critical thinking methods
we have studied to evaluate key decisions and trace the causes behind them.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.
TOPIC AREA 5
Research Question: Pick an important person in animal rights. What are his or her contributions to
an issue, the reasons for his or her importance, and what good or harm has he or she has produced?
INFORM: Present details about the person you pick. Some suggestions: Henry Spira, Dick Gregory,
Temple Grandin, Gary Francione, Amy Hatkoff, Marc Bekoff, Melanie Joy, Rory Freedman.
REASON: Starting with your synthesis of Cartmill, Regan, and Masson, apply the critical thinking
methods we have studied to evaluate the decisions and trace the causes behind them.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.
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TOPIC AREA 6
Research Question: Why are the views expressed in Patterson’s Eternal Treblinka and Marjorie
Spiegel’s The Dreaded Comparison (on reserve in the Rosenberg Library) so controversial, and are the
objections raised valid or invalid? Begin with the controversies about the PeTA campaigns.
INFORM: Research the views expressed by people who have reviewed either one or both of these
books, compare and contrast them. Research online: “Metacrawler”(www.metacrawler.com) is a
search engine that searches all the other search engines; it would be your best choice for this topic.
REASON: What causes you to agree or disagree with some or all of the points made by the critics?
Use critical thinking methods to assess the importance and significance of these ideas.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.
TOPIC AREA 7
Research Question: What are the origins and the evolution of the philosophical ideas or religious
beliefs that underlie the views of Masson in The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, the views of Patterson in
Eternal Treblinka, or the views of Tuttle in The World Peace Diet?
INFORM: Present information on the philosophical ideas or religious beliefs relevant to these books.
You should focus exclusively on philosophy or on religion; doing both would be require a much
longer paper.
REASON: Use critical thinking methods to assess the importance and significance of these ideas. You
may argue your own position for or against any or all of these ideas, or you may restrict your focus to
the chain of causes and effects behind these ideas and beliefs. However, you should bring in the
views of Regan, Cohen, and Singer.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.
TOPIC AREA 8
Research Question: How do views on animal rights appear in popular culture? What attitudes and
arguments seem valid, invalid, meaningful, or absurd? Why? Trace the causes and effects.
INFORM: Present information about how conflicts over animal rights appear popular culture.
REASON: Use critical thinking methods to assess the importance and significance of these ideas. You
may argue your own position for or against any or all of these ideas. However, you should bring in
the views of Regan, Cohen, and Singer.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.
TOPIC AREA 9
Research Question: What businesses cater to people who avoid all animal products? Use a search
engine to find products or services that are specifically targeted to reach such people. Or visit the
web site for VegNews (www.vegnews.com). What is the significance of these businesses?
INFORM: Present information on commercial activities aimed at people who avoid animal products.
REASON: Use critical thinking methods to assess the importance and significance of these ideas. You
may argue your own position for or against any or all of these ideas. However, you should bring in
the views of Regan, Cohen, and Singer.
JUDGE: Use your judgment, which includes your values and experiences, to shape your views as
expressed in your thesis and conclusion.

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