13 Sep '17, 2pm

How children are taught to stop loving and start eating animals

How children are taught to stop loving and start eating animals

An interesting research paper explains how subconscious cultural reeducation occurs throughout childhood, legitimizing meat consumption. Several years ago, an adorable video hit YouTube , depicting a three-year-old Brazilian boy who doesn’t want to eat octopus for dinner because he realizes it’s an animal. A debate ensues between him and his mother, during which the boy puts up a heart-warming argument for vegetarianism. The video ends with him asking his mother why she’s crying and she says he’s touched her heart. I’d be curious to know if this little boy, now 7 years old, still has those feelings. For most young children, feelings of strong attachment to animals are common, but these tend to wane as the years go by. Why? Some researchers say it’s because of social conditioning and an intense ‘re-education’ effort, albeit subconscious, that goes into altering children’s p...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/family/how-children-are-taught...

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