Saturday Morning TV Turns Violent

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Somewhere between the golden cartoon age of Bugs Bunny and the pop-centric youth culture of Hannah Montana, a few television networks thought it would be a grand idea to start airing fishing and hunting shows on Saturday mornings—during that crucial time slot when impressionable children in pajamas slurp soymilk from bowls of cereal and stare wide-eyed at the tube.

Teaching kids that cruelty to animals is acceptable can have a long-lasting and deadly effect. Remember “Son of Sam,” Jeffrey Dahmer, and the “Boston Strangler”? These individuals, like most serial killers, each had a history of abusing and killing animals. So, we’ve sent several network TV stations a letter requesting that they remove hunting and fishing programs from their Saturday morning line-ups, on the basis that those programs glorify violence toward animals and should certainly not be airing at a time when children could stumble upon them.

To paraphrase good ol’ Bugs, “What’s up with that, Doc?”

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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