Children’s Song ‘Going On A Lion Hunt’ vs ‘Löwenjagd’: Navigating Between Fantasy and Reality – A Call for Reevaluating Values in Childcare

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In the vibrant realm of children’s entertainment, characterized by innocence and creativity, we occasionally encounter content that goes beyond the realms of harmless fantasy. The children’s song “Going On A Lion Hunt” (in English) or “Löwenjagd” (in German) is a prime example of seemingly innocent entertainment that carries problematic messages. As a facilitator for children’s activities, I recently came across this song, which not only glorifies violence and weapons but also romanticizes the grim reality of wildlife poaching.

Glorification of Violence and Weapons in Children’s Songs: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Children’s songs are meant to stimulate imagination and convey positive values. However, the song “Going On A Lion Hunt” in English and “Löwenjagd” in German take a concerning step by placing emphasis on violence and weapons. The use of terms such as “rifle” and “long sword” may exist in a fantastical context, but it also establishes a connection to real acts of violence. This becomes even more critical when considering the actual issue of wildlife poaching.

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The Reality of Lion Hunting: A Somber Truth

The WDR documentary, “Shooting Lions for €20,000 – Tourist Hunting in South Africa”, reveals that hunting lions for trophies is a thriving business. Hunters pay substantial sums to take down majestic lions. However, what often gets overlooked in this business is the ruthless practice of lion breeding and the separation of lion cubs from their mothers to cater to the swift desires of hunting tourists. The reality is distressing and raises pressing questions about ethics and species conservation.

The Heart-Wrenching Reality of Poaching: Numbers and Facts

Poaching of lions poses a serious threat to their population. Thousands of lions are killed every year to give commercial value to their body parts or trophies. This practice has devastating effects on biodiversity preservation. According to recent estimates, thousands of lions have been killed through poaching in recent years. Populations have sharply declined in many regions.

“So Stupid”

YAY! Kids with weapons shooting lions!

Childcare in Focus: Values We Instill in Our Children

The link between children’s songs and the reality of lion hunting underscores the need to review the values we promote in childcare. Children should be encouraged to develop empathy for animals and understand the importance of environmental conservation. The selection of content for children should be deliberate, ensuring that positive values take precedence.

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‘Going On A Lion Hunt’: A Call for Reconsideration: Advocating for Responsible Child Rearing

It is time to raise awareness about the potentially harmful impacts of content like the children’s song “Going On A Lion Hunt” or “Löwenjagd” and collectively shape childcare that is based on respect for nature, empathy, and environmental protection. Our children deserve a worldview that not only sparks their imagination but also promotes values leading to sustainable and ethical actions in society.

German Lyrics: “Wir haben ein Gewehr dabei und auch ein langes Schwert”

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