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From 18 April 2004 Issue

Myths and Superstitions
by Michelle Rivera - MichelleRivera1@aol.com 

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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