What can I do with the outcome
and what are "odd results"?
In the continua (lines) from meat-eater to
vegan or from making use of animals to
leaving animals in peace and freedom, all intervening
phases are connected to one another, while the relation
with a nearby phase is closer than with a phase farther
away. This applies in both directions.
On a continuum people can move into two directions.
There are lots of consumers of meat who, influenced
by the scandals in factory farming, eat less and less
meat and who become more and more aware that in fact
with their way of life they want to cause as little
animal suffering as possible. There are vegans who have
become that way all at once and who only realize what
that means after they have adopted the vegan life style
during some time. A fair chance exists that eventually
they will start using more animal products.
How fast you move through the phases depends on the
strength of the ties with adjacent phases,
expressed in chance percentages. The higher the percentages
in one direction compared to the other direction, the
more you are being pulled into that direction.
With a "good" test the outcome of someone
who is not on the extreme side is "bell"-shaped
or have one peak. The score presents one highest percentage
and into both directions percentages decline. When more
peaks occur the result is "odd".
Non "bell"-shaped or
two peak result
It is a sign that your behavior towards animals is
not fully consistent with your opinions.
Whether or not that is a difficulty, is entirely up
to the judgment of the person who completed the test.
On the site of Animal Freedom many articles can be read
that can help to adjust matters, if that would suit
Also in case you score extreme as a vegan or as a meat
consumer, the result is of course not fully bell-shaped,
but percentages decline or raise from or towards the
most distant point. If you consider that to be correct,
than your opinions are consistent with your food choices.
Want to read more?
For articles about the subjects in the tests, click
on the links in the menu at the top of this page.
NB: use for the tests on the left Internet
Explorer instead of Mozilla and allow "active content".
What is being understood by a
If the score on "thresholds" is higher than
0 a fair chance exists that you will not soon alter
your behavior concerning animals, or only once the discrepancy
between what you think and what you do has truly become
very large. Thresholds can be overcome. Just as is the
case with ordinary thresholds, you can either stumble
or step over them.
Important for someone who considers to stop his meat
consumption is to pay attention to these thresholds,
so that you know what to watch out for.
Examples of thresholds are a lack of knowledge on what
really goes on with animals in farming: "what the
eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve about".
It is also possible that people think their contribution
to the world is "a drop in the ocean" (little
effectiveness) or "no concern of them" (not
When people feel that way, there is little chance they
will adjust their behavior to their conscience.