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August 16, 2007

PETA Condemns Hamas' Animal Cruelty

Hamas tries to teach children to be kind to animals? No surprise that this terror organization that prides itself on blowing up children hasn't got a clue about how to teach kindness and decent behavior. Palestinian Media Watch reports that on a recent episode of "Tomorrow's Pioneers," a costumed adult playing Nahool the Bee swings a cat by its tail and torments a caged lion by throwing stones at it.

Martin Mersereau of PETA has commendably weighed in on Hamas' barbaric behavior with an eloquent letter that implicitly addressed Hamas' cruelty toward humans as well. It concluded with:

We hope, for the sake of humans and animals alike, that future episodes of Tomorrow's Pioneers will work to teach children to respect individuals of any species, no matter how "different" they may be, without demonstrating for them cruel behavior in the process.

To read the entire PETA letter and to post a comment about it, click here.

To see the video, go to PMW's bulletin.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is the world’s largest animal rights organization with 1.6 million members worldwide.

We have been made aware of an episode of Tomorrow’s Pioneers featuring a costumed character on the Hamas TV children’s show tormenting animals as part of a segment that is apparently meant to teach children to treat animals humanely. Unfortunately, while the intention of these segments may be good, the lesson is almost certainly lost on most children, who are more likely to imitate people they see treating animals cruelly rather than understand that this behavior is wrong. We are asking you to please refrain from harming animals in future episodes of Tomorrow’s Pioneers, even if the intention is to teach children a valuable lesson.

Instilling in children empathy for animals is indeed vital to helping them become compassionate, responsible citizens. Since young people are more receptive to new ideas, and since children have a natural empathy for animals, it is important that we teach them to make responsible choices that will affect how they live the rest of their lives.

Studies around the world have found that a history of cruelty to animals is one of the traits that regularly appear in the records of serial rapists, murderers, and child abusers (because domestic abuse is directed toward the powerless, animal abuse and child abuse go hand in hand). If unchecked, this abuse can later escalate to abuse of their fellow human beings, completing the cycle of violence.

Demonstrating for children a respect for even the smallest and most defenseless among us can help them to value and respect and protect one another. We hope, for the sake of humans and animals alike, that future episodes of Tomorrow’s Pioneers will work to teach children to respect individuals of any species, no matter how “different” they may be, without demonstrating for them cruel behavior in the process.

For more information about teaching children about empathy and compassion, please visit: http://www.islamicconcerns.com/kids.asp.

Sincerely,

Martin Mersereau, Manager
Cruelty Casework Division, PETA (www.peta.org)

Posted by LG at August 16, 2007 02:02 PM

Comments

While I am no fan of PETA, does it come at ANY surprise that Hamas would do things such as this?
This same organization which ran over the arm of an 8 year old because he stole bread when he was hungry! Hamas is starving its own people and bullying those who wish to speak out.
This SHOULD give a clue to the world as to what their real intentions are! BTW, you haven't seen a Jew suicide bomber have you?
Enough said!

Posted by: Scot at August 17, 2007 02:38 PM

There aren't any Jew suicide bombers, but that's nothing to be proud of. Guess what? Israelis have some of the best ground, air, and naval weaponry known to man and they still have to SURRENDER land under the guise of LAND FOR PEACE. Even Frenchmen don't sink THAT low.

Posted by: Gordon at August 19, 2007 02:40 AM

thats sick and messed up it makes me sick

Posted by: Anonymous at December 16, 2008 01:06 PM

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