What kind of image of animals are young children shown and how do they come into contact with animals?
animals represented in a way even closely resembling
reality. The message is: animals are going to be fine,
they are often smarter than people (or the opposite),
and they don't mind being eaten. In short, animals are
the perfect consumer item: they deserve their fate,
they don't complain and what's more, they taste good.
|It is important for children to learn empathy: to be sensible to another's feelings. For animals this means gentleness and respect. The animals portrayed in the roles mentioned above do not seem to feel pain. This teaches children the wrong sort of love, confusing love with dependency.|