'Charlotte's web' site raises concern
A website linked to the film Charlotte's Web is raising concerns among
pig producer groups, as they fear the film is sending an anti-animal husbandry
message to children.
The site, is part
of the website of the children's channel Nickelodeon.
contains a couple of anti-pork messages, allowing children to print out stickers
at home that say 'Pro-Pig, Anti-Pork.'
the website urges visitors to sign a petition to save the life of Wilbur, the
talking pig in the film; it claims to have already more than 74,000
Spokesmen for two state pork
producer groups and the American Farm Bureau Federation said they are concerned
about the anti-pork message that the website sends.
"It's a subtle
way to get 4-year-olds to get started on the anti-meat bandwagon," said Mike
Platt, executive director of Indiana Pork.
Tim Maiers, spokesman for the Illinois Pork Producers
Association, urged pork producers, to renew their efforts to get their message
out to the public.
"It's going to be hard for us to fight Hollywood's
dollars and the actors and actresses who come out and jump on that bandwagon,"
The film, based on E.B. White's classic novel, is produced
by Paramount Pictures and was released this month.
â€¢ Charlotte's Web
â€¢ Illinois Pork Producers
â€¢ Indiana Pork
â€¢ American Farm Bureau Federation
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