Need air for life? To find out, put kitten in a box, says textbook

Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) received a complaint last week, prompting the organisation to launch a formal protest against the publishers of the book.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 8, 2017 1:11 am
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A textbook being used in some schools in north India, including in a prominent school in the capital, asks students to put a kitten in an unventilated box and wait for it to die to demonstrate that living beings cannot live without air. “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,” reads the textbook, meant for Class IV students.

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The book — Our Green World by PP Publications — is used in some schools to teach environmental science.

After this was brought to their notice by a shocked parent a couple of months ago, publishers have stopped distribution of the book, said Parvesh Gupta of PP Publications.

“A parent had called us a couple of months ago and asked us to remove the text from the book because it was harmful for children. We recalled books from our distribution channel and will come out with a revised book next year,” he said.

Gupta also said he was not aware of the number of schools that were using the textbook.

The book, however, is still being taught to children in schools that had already purchased it.

Recently, a group of parents objected to the text and wrote to animal rights activists.

Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) received a complaint last week, prompting the organisation to launch a formal protest against the publishers of the book.

“We spoke to the publishers and told them about the objectionable material. They agreed to discontinue the book and also said they would come out with a new edition for next year,” said Vidhi Matta, spokesperson, FIAPO.

Schools in Delhi are free to use any textbook they like — till Class VIII at least. Even beyond that, schools can choose the books they want to teach, but also have to follow the syllabus prescribed by the education board. Delhi government schools only use books published by the NCERT.

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    Akshay Tinganwar
    Feb 8, 2017 at 6:14 am
    such kind of harmful experiments should not be included in the syllabus..
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      Nikhil
      Feb 8, 2017 at 6:18 am
      A revised edition? Uh no...A textbook written by a psychopath does not make good teaching material for kids, revised or otherwise.
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        Leo Verdegaal
        Feb 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm
        This is unbelievable to educate children in killing animals!lt;br/gt;What can we do to prevent this and tell the schools to forbid these books.
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          Radjamalaputravashim
          Feb 15, 2017 at 9:22 am
          Quote from the book: "No living thing can live without air". That's nonsense. Ever seen a fish? And that's supposed to be a science book?
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            O Sajid
            Feb 8, 2017 at 6:24 am
            I have a better idea.. put the publisher and writer of the book inside the box and let them report live how they feel as they suffocate.
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