Planet of the Apes (2001)
Concept featured in clip: Testing on Animals (Ethics in Science)
Location of clip: DVD: 3:35-4:40

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Summary of clip: The year is 2029 and the world has come a long way in space travel and exploration. While the technology in this area is substantial, their confidence in the instruments is not. Due to the hazards of space travel, chimpanzees are frequently used to operate experimental missions. The main character Leo Davidson works closely with the chimpanzees, teaching them how to fly these innovative spacecrafts.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: This flickclip shows one of the many ways animals are used in scientific experiments and studies. While animals often play an important role in research their part in these experiments is often controversial. This clip could be used as an introduction into an ethics unit in science.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Have students explain two ways in which animals are used in science experiments

a. Ask the following questions:

1. How is using animals beneficial to science?

2. What are some negatives to using animals as test subjects?

3. Why do you think this topic is seen as controversial to many people?

2. Dived the Class into Groups:

  • One group will consist of a scientific company looking to test a product on animals before selling to the public. Have this group design a study that tests your product on the animals.

  • The second group will consist of animal rights activists. Create a series of questions to ask the company about their research and the necessity of the project.

  • Once each side has prepared their material, have the scientific company present their study to the activists and allow the activists to ask their questions after the presentation.