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February 13, 2020 - Sentient Media

Stop Treating Violence Against Animals as a Game

Stop Treating Violence Against Animals as a Game
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Gamifying violence does more than disrespect victims. It conditions perpetrators—and the public—to see victims as unworthy of respect and compassion.

The El Paso and San Antonio Zoos are currently offering visitors the opportunity to name a cockroach after an ex-lover and then watch the cockroach be eaten on Valentine’s Day. Participation in the San Antonio event, called “Cry Me a Cockroach,” is $5, and participation in the El Paso event, called “Quit Bugging Me!,” is donation-based. Joe Montisano, Director of the El Paso Zoo, will personally eat a cockroach for every $1,000 raised.

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