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This children's textbook suggests suffocating a kitten in a box in the name of science


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A science textbook has suggested children place a kitten in an unventilated box and wait for it to die to demonstrate the importance of air to living beings.

The passage in Our Green World, a teaching tool used in schools in north India, reads: “No living thing can live without air for more than a few minutes. You can do an experiment.

“Take two wooden boxes. Make holes on the lid of one box. Put a small kitten in each box. Close the boxes. After some time open the boxes. What do you see? The kitten inside the box without holes has died.”


The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), an animal rights organisation, received a complaint from a concerned parent prompting it to launch a formal protest to the textbook publisher.

PP Publications has pulled the book from shelves and said it would remove the passage from the revised edition next year, the FIAPO reported.

However schools who already have copies of Our Green World are still able to teach from the textbook, according to the FIAPO, and the publisher isn’t aware of how many school are using them as a teaching tool.

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