Kids get bombarded with messages about the place of animals in our culture, and we need to consider what they see and how they see it, on and off the screen.
My favorite vegan ice cream development since college isn’t that some places even have vegan soft serve, it’s that ice cream has chunks of amazing goodness in it. We can have cookie dough, peanut butter chunks, cookies ‘n’ cream, and brownies in our cartons, and we can do it all without the cruelty.
I thought we had gotten rid of toys and books that implicitly, through storylines and latent assumptions, told our son that human dominance over animals is the correct set up. But one day when I was cleaning up after a day of toddler mayhem, I found Good Night, Gorilla on my son’s bedroom floor.