In response to our concerns, Project WILD officials asked our organizations to submit a critique of the material, together with any changes which we consider necessary in the materials. We have done so. The result is this Special Report.
You will see that our organizations have provided a detailed and thoroughly documented critique of Project WILD which conclusively supports our two primary recommendations:
(1) Discontinue distribution of the Project WILD guides until the problems which we have documented are satisfactorily solved; and,
(2) Notify, insofar as possible, all of those who have received the Project WILD guides and ask them, for the reasons which we have outlined, to discontinue use of these guides until new and corrected Project WILD guides have been provided.
What you will not see is the negative response from Project WILD. After our analysis which documented pervasive and serious biases, inaccuracies, and omissions, the officials at Project WILD refused-outright -our requests that the current material not be distributed or used. In essence, the officials at Project WILD have decided that it is more important to have the guides in teachers' hands, being used, than to have the material be accurate.
Grandy, John W.; Lewis, Jennifer; and Savesky, Kathleen J., "The Dangers of Project WILD: A Special Report" (1985). The Institute for the Study of Animal Problems. 1.