I've seen all manner of arguments about the effect of television on what people believe and how they act or act out. My view has always been that it's a given that some people will commit violent acts as a result of ideas they get from TV. If not, why are all those billions spent on TV advertising? Ran across this article this AM: http://www.sundayherald.com/news/he...rtoon_critters_to_pretend_animals_in_zoos.php "CHILDREN ARE being left disappointed after visiting the zoo because the animals there aren't "real" enough. My ox is gored from the potential effect on wildlife management and hunting. These shows, along with Felix Salter (Bambi) and Walt Disney, have contributed to many problems for game departments and hunters. However, the thrust of the article is less about personification of the animals and more about the effect of imaginary things on kids' perception of reality. There will always be that percentage that carries unrealistic or even hostile views over into real life. Children have long applied human characteristics to animals, but the all-singing, all-dancing antics of cartoon characters in films such as Happy Feet, Finding Nemo and Madagascar have pushed the personification of animals to a new level. Now research into zoos and their visitors has found that children are even claiming that some animals are in fact "pretend" because they aren't behaving the way the children expect."