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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704
Stop Meat Eating - Save the Environment
On Nature Education
The following letter is published in the September, 2005 issue of
WESTCHESTER PARENT, a local monthly periodical
Though I was happy to see an article that advocated the need for
conservation and respect for environmental concerns ('Natures's Children'
Editorial, July) the article raised some peripheral issues that need
The article quotes a local source who states, "The best way to get
children to love nature is to help them feel comfortable in it. They need
the chance to hold an ant in their hands or to dig for worms in the dirt."
But these activities involve disturbing nature - is that truly the best way
to encourage a love of nature in children? Do we not want to also teach them
to respect the habitat of other living beings, who have as much right as we
do to enjoy nature without being disturbed?
The article further advocated 'going fishing' in pursuit of nature's
joys; again, why advocate killing in an article about enjoying nature? The
fish want to keep their lives, just like we do - watch their struggle
against being "caught" if you have any doubt of this being true.
Furthermore, fish are proven to be very social, intelligent beings who feel
pain exactly like people do.
A true appreciation and awe of nature ultimately involves as little
disturbance to it as possible..."Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing
Kiley Blackman, spokesperson
ANIMAL DEFENDERS OF WESTCHESTER
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