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Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:54 pm Post subject: Camouflage-clad teddy bears send wrong message: Peace group
'Soldier' bears sending wrong message, group says
Last Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2007 | 4:19 PM AT
Camouflage-clad teddy bears sold to raise money for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia families of soldiers in Afghanistan are raising the ire of a Fredericton peace group.
The 20-centimetre-tall bears, wearing camouflage jackets with the word "soldier" written on the chest, are being sold at some Irving gas stations in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Some of the proceeds from their sale are going to military family support groups.
Alisa Carnall, a former soldier with the Fredericton Peace Coalition, said the bears send the wrong message.
"Teddy bears in combat, it just seems such a contradiction to me, because teddy bears are a child's toy," Carnall said. "They're something that gives comfort."
Carnall said she thinks military families are already well supported, and she would rather see money raised for families in Afghanistan.
Fred Herman, the Halifax man who came up with the idea of the soldier bear, said he spent 35 years in the military.
"By the response I've been getting for my product, it's overwhelming how many people want this to show respect for what the Canadian soldiers are doing in Afghanistan."
Herman said the bears seem to resonate with people. He said he's received orders for thousands of the bears since their launch a few weeks ago.
How far will these 'peace at all costs' groups go. It is really disgusting that thses peace groups are so blind in their ways.
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Camouflage-clad teddy bears send wrong message: Peace group