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Spiders, snakes, bats… These works that rehabilitate unloved animals

Make a bat nest box, draw a spider, learn to distinguish a dog from a wolf… Here are some of the activities offered in the first issue of the magazine The Unloved. This virtual publication, available free of charge on the website, has set itself the objective of coming to the aid of “pariah” animals: those which we tend to classify too quickly in the “harmful” category or which always have the wrong role in the tales.

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“By meeting nature protection specialists, I realized that these negative stereotypes, conveyed from childhood, had dramatic consequences on the lives of these animals, tracked, hunted, poisoned”says Hélène Ducrocq.

This director of animated films, herself a long time phobic of spiders, created a program of four short films, released in theaters in September 2020 and available today on VOD (on Arte boutique, Univers Ciné, Canal VOD… ).

Overcome your fears and overcome your disgust

Alternating elegant black and white cut-out paper and cartoons in pop colors, it takes children (from 4 years old) in the wake of adorable bats, funny earthworms that sing a song, a lost cub and a fearful spider. A second film, dedicated to sharks, crows, bears and the badger-fox duo, is in the works. You can follow the progress on his Twitch channel.

The toad, this unloved

The committed publisher Delachaux et Niestlé has also been promoting biodiversity in its entirety for years. Released in March, the Game of the goose of nonsense (a gamebook by Roland Garrigue and François Lasserre, 40 p., €14.90) twists the neck of some received ideas: the wasp attacks if you move, the flies would be dirty, touching a toad would give pimples… Released simultaneously , the comic strip by Gilles Macagno, Bad reputation (96 p., €19.90, from 12 years old), drives the point home with a humorous plea where ticks, snakes and other tigers follow one another testifying to the misfortunes that humans inflict on them, often unfairly.

Playing in turn on humor and empathy, these different books, games and films are great tools for overcoming fears and overcoming disgust with small (or large) animals. Often rich in lessons, they contribute to building a peaceful relationship with nature and the wild world. Provided, of course, that the parents themselves do not transmit their own phobias and irrational terrors to their children…


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