According to NZPA, “Body Shop” is getting in behind behind Green MP Sue Bradford’s campaign to remove the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents punishing their children.
“Ms Bradford has a member’s bill in Parliament to repeal the law involved – section 59 of the Crimes Act, on which public submissions have been called.
Yesterday Barrie Thomas, director of The Body Shop New Zealand, said outlets throughout the country will be encouraging the public to sign a petition that would be presented to Parliament in late February.
The stores were starting a campaign for a full repeal of section 59 with the message: “Kids are unbeatable”.”
I have no objection to businesses campaigning on social or political issues-in fact I applaud it. Unfortunately “Body Shop” seems to pick all the socialist ones.
Whether you agree with smacking or not, Sue Bradford’s Bill will not lessen abuse of children one iota. It will, however, substantially weaken parental authority over and responsibility for, their children.
This is exactly the opposite direction in which we need to go. Bradford is a hard core socialist and socialism has always attacked the integrity of the family. Even if you personally oppose smacking you should fight this bill if you believe that families are an institution worth preserving.
I’ve been personally boycotting “Body Shop” for years.
I hope you’ll do likewise.