Monday August 03, 2015

Canadian Education Committee wants to ban talking animals from children's books

"Children should believe in human characters, not naive bears who like honey,” says Harold Wright the Chair of the Canadian Education Committee.

"Children should believe in human characters, not naive bears who like honey,” says Harold Wright the Chair of the Canadian Education Committee. (Raigo Pajula/Getty Images)

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The newly-appointed Chair of the Canadian Education Committee raised a few eyebrows this week by announcing that he would like to see all books with talking animals removed from Canadian schools. 

In an interview with Peter Oldring of This is That, Harold Wright argued that "encouraging a child to believe that a Hippopotamus can not only speak but is also a dental hygienist is a ludicrous notion and extremely detrimental to a child's development."

When asked if he thought talking animals encouraged children to have an imagination he responded by saying, "Absolutely not, talking animals in books only create a delusional sense of reality. Do we really want another generation of Canadian children growing up believing in this nonsensical fallacy?" 

[Originally aired Sept. 24, 2014]