Two ‘hot topics’ that are making the news and about which I’ve been very interested are the killing of wolves in Washington state (for more discussion please see “Who’s Really Defending Wildlife As Wolves Are ‘Removed’?“) and a nationwide move to rid New Zealand of predators by 2050 (for more on this topic please see “Youngsters Encouraged to Kill Possum Joeys in New Zealand,” “Long-Term Effects of Violence Toward Animals by Youngsters,” “Imprinting Kids for Violence Toward Animals,” and links therein).
In one discussion I talked around the killing of the wolves until 6-year old Jean asked ‘How come people say they love animals and kill them?’ and some other youngsters piped right in.
Jean and others were pretty serious and clearly wanted to talk about this.
This lead to a general discussion of kids and animals and we got into talking about how youngsters in New Zealand are being encouraged to kill animals as part of formal school programs, and then use them to make puppets and to demean them in other ways.
Concerning the situation in New Zealand – every single kid was shocked and disturbed when they heard about school programs centering on killing possums and other animals.
When I asked if anyone of them would partake not a single hand went up.
A few kids said they wouldn’t do it even if it meant getting kicked out of school.
I applaud them and their positive attitudes toward other animals and could only hope that their teachers and parents would agree with them.