Nursery rhymes including Three Blind Mice have been given a ‘animal-friendly’ vegan makeover
Animal rights group Peta says old nursery rhymes need updating to remove language that ‘encourages animal cruelty’ and gave some examples
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Teachers and parents are encouraged to give outdated nursery rhymes animal-friendly updates.
Animal rights group Peta says that just as old songs and fairy tales have been changed to replace sexist, racist and insensitive language, nursery rhymes must also be updated to remove language that “encourages cruelty to animals”.
Peta said: “Attitudes towards animals have changed a lot in the hundreds of years since many nursery rhymes were written.
“And in the same way that old songs and fairy tales have been revamped to replace racist, sexist and otherwise insensitive language, we must ensure that nursery rhymes are relevant to today’s children and do not encourage not speciesism, cruelty to animals, or fear of them.
“Animals are intelligent individuals capable of joy and pain. They are not ours to exploit, and our language must evolve to reflect that.”
The famous lyrics of “baa baa black sheep” are: “Baa-baa, black sheep, do you have any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three sacks full.”
Peta’s suggested version reads, “Baa baa black sheep, can I have your yarn? No sir, no sir, that’s not cool.”
Recently, people have argued that the rhyme is racist – the “black sheep” representing slaves in the southern states of the United States who were forced to pick cotton.
Some nurseries now sing “Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep” in an attempt to make it less controversial.
In a Peta-edited version of Three Blind Mice, they don’t have their tails cut off by the farmer’s wife in the updated version, but actually thank her for saving their lives.
And Little Miss Muffet’s spider ends up brightening her day, instead of scaring her.