Most people care a lot about how children are raised, including the types of images to which they are exposed. Authors of books for the young depict animals in ways to encourage our youth to develop empathy for the well-being of our fellow earthlings. There is a reason these images don’t show chickens being raised en masse in tiny pens where they can’t stand up. You’re never going to see a duck or goose being force fed through a funnel to engorge their liver (see front page of The Tribune’s Jan. 8 edition). Most people would label these actions as cruel. And most of us would teach our children to be kind and caring and to reject cruelty in whatever form it might take.