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I am just curious- how do you address your views on animal cruelty with your children?
My kids are very young, but the other day my son saw a cartoon about a circus, and wanted to go to a circus. I would never take them, because of how horribly they exploit the animals, but I don't know how to answer that for an almost 3 year old. I don't feel its appropriate to tell hem that "they make the animals hurt and that is why mommy does not want to go see a circus" because it would just make him cry.
I usually just distract for now, but it won't last long.
I expect many questions from my kids in the future, I just don't know how to answer without scarring them. But I want them to know why we live the lifestyle that we do.
 

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Why not just say that they aren't nice to animals and they make 'em do stuff they don't want to do? Or something gentle, like that...
As a child, I really hated being distracted, instead of having my questions answered.
 

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I believe that it's important to address all issues in an age appropriate way. I don't think it's good to avoid and distract too much. Just because he's young and just because it will make him sad doesn't mean you should avoid the conversation. You can, however, put a positive spin on it.

Here's what I plan on saying when I'm in your shoes:
"Some circuses are fun. The kind we go to don't hurt animals. That's why all the performers are humans. When that circus comes to town, let's go."

Here is a list of animal-free circuses: http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cr...-circuses.aspx
 

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The human circus never dawned on me! I forgot about them! We have cirque du soleil come through here once in a while, I will have to keep my eyes peeled.

I guess my son seems so sensitive to these kind of things. He loves animals, but doesn't make the connection that they are in a cage (at the zoo or puppy mill pet shop) and that they are not being treated well. He sees the happy farms that they sing about on kids shows with a happy cow "mooing' and chickens running around having fun. I wonder when the time is appropriate to start notifying him of these 'behind the scenes' things that are bad for animals. I don't have to tell him now- because the information is voluntary- he isn't really asking questions. But he might never ask about them and assume that all is fine and dandy in the animal world he is falsely surrounded with.

I also am giving thought to future issues, like if I tell him these things, and he goes and tells Johnny and Sue in kindergarten all about it, I will be getting quite an earful from other parents. I want him to stand up for what he believes in, and to know the truth. But I think it gets complicated when he has to go and stand up for what we feel is right in the real world after obtaining this knowledge.

Sorry! I have been wondering a thousand of these things for a bit now. Like things that haven't even happened yet. I am being a worrywart.
 

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Originally Posted by zirpkatze View Post

what do you say to them regarding the vegetarian diet?
they don't know any different. They don't really see other people eating meat or care. they eat what is fed to them without question.
 

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Show them "Dumbo". That movie made me hate circuses. Also, "Babe".

Also:

http://www.herbivoreclothing.com/bac...-tee-for-kids/

http://www.herbivoreclothing.com/pro...Gottfried.html

http://www.herbivoreclothing.com/pro...Ruby-Roth.html

The "Why We Don't Eat Animals" book reminds me of a book my parents used to read my sister and I called "Why Was I Adopted?"
Oh my gosh. We have dumbo and it makes me bawl....I am tearing up just thinking about it!

thanks for the links!

Farm Sanctuary might be a great trip to plan for them- it would show them the positive side. It might bring about questions from my son too if he wonders what the animals "survived" from.
 
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