As a humane educator, I am constantly amazed at the
plethora of misinformation that is out there swimming around in the little
minds of America's schoolkids, (and their parents). For instance, today I
was informed that it's a common practice to feed a dog gunpowder to make
him mean. And I have heard over and over again that killing snakes for no
apparent reason except that they are snakes is a really good thing to do
and makes one very important in the eyes of their kids.
Truly, we have much work to do to educate school children
and help them become more compassionate citizens of the world. So, I am
embarking on a humane education project and am seeking the help of Animal
Writes readers. Have you ever heard of some stupid myth, urban legend that
has become "fact" or superstition that hurts animals? I am looking for
things like "put used motor oil on your dog to cure mange" and "turkeys
are so stupid that they look up when it rains and they drown."
If you have one or more of these little gems, please send
them my way for use in humane education programs and projects. I will
share them with other humane educators so that together we can address the
misinformation, rumors and myths that are injurious to animals.
Gun powder indeed.
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