Don't believe me? Well, check out a few of my previous blog posts below regarding the popular activist strategy of targeting children:
Need more convincing? The People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) CEO Ingrid Newkirk is famous for saying, "We're asking kids to get hooked on kindness, not killing." Additionally, an article recently appeared in the North-Platte (NE) Herald entitled, "Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) Reaching Out To Children," which explains how the animal rights group is sponsoring a newsletter that is circulating through many Nebraska schools.
According to journalist Heather Johnson, "An HSUS newsletter targeted at kids may be a little more controversial than its creators have indicated. Teachers can subscribe to KIND News, a newsletter published by HSUS, or sponsors can gift it to schools through an 'Adopt-a-Classroom' program. Its brightly colored pages feature stories, games, contests, trivia and cartoons among other things. The articles cover a wide range of topics - from hibernation and poaching to the importance of volunteering at animal shelters and curbing pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering.
"Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president, said KIND News is focused on non-controversial subjects and promotes non-controversial values. However, the April 2010 junior edition of 'KIND NEWS' was pulled from the Lincoln Public Schools because of its content. The front page showed a child wearing a gas mask and posed this question to third and fourth graders: 'What if you had to wear a gas mask to play in your yard?'
"The article described agricultural areas affected by swarms of flies, harmful gases and rivers tainted by animal waste. Children were urged to write the USDA, the EPA and lawmakers about their concerns."
Activists know that today's youth will be tomorrow's decision-makers, and they are targeting children in order to pressure and scare them into choosing a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. What do you think about KIND News? Should activists be in your children's classrooms? Should elementary students be encouraged to lobby? You can read the entire article here. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.