Peace group encourages non-violent gifts

A local peace group is urging parents and others to give children gifts this holiday season that represent their values.

The organization, Liga Internacional de Mujeres Pro Paz y Libertad, said that there are many toys on the market that represent violence and some that fire projectiles that can hurt animals or others. Many carry warning notices only in English, the group said.

The organization also criticized computer games and said that violent games can translate into violence actions.

The organization did not come out for a ban on such toys but did urge those giving toys to realize that violent articles can give the impression that violence is normal.

“For that reason it is important that we adults and family members, friends of children and youngsters pick gifts that reflect the values what we want to share and can benefit children and that we reject those that represent violence,” said the organization in a release.

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