How can I teach my kids to support your cause?

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Dear CASH:

How can I teach my kids to support your cause? Do you have any experience with imparting your wisdom to children who are fascinated with killing animals in video games? My son is seven and I’m looking for tools to teach him empathy for nature.

Thank you for your website. It’s comforting to know I’m not alone.

John, Traverse City, MI

Hi John:

Thank you for contacting the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting.

I don’t think there is any better way to teach children to respect nature and wildlife than to immerse them in it. Take your son camping in the state forest. Buy a book or two on animal tracks, or birds who are native to the area and teach him how to identify them. Buy him a set of binoculars and a camera, and introduce him to bird watching and wildlife photography. Digital cameras are inexpensive and do not require parents to spend a fortune on film developing – hooray for modern technology!

One game that a friend has played with her children on camping trips is “nature bingo.” She created little bingo cards and in each box she’s written in commonly found animals or natural features. You can adapt the content of the boxes to what you will find in your area. Some were easy to find, such as “jackrabbit” and “prickly pear cactus,” some moderate in difficulty, like “coyote” and “rattlesnake den,” and some difficult, such as “armadillo” or “horned toad.” The first person to get bingo would get their choice of dessert at dinner.

Children are taught best through positive experiences, and by giving them positive experiences with wildlife and nature they will feel more attached, and care more about what happens to it.


Joe Miele


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