By Samantha J
By now everyone has heard of the absurd attempts by one Italian parliamentarian to criminalize vegan parents for “endangering their children’s health and well-being.” In the wake of the news, some have spoken up to say that “forcing” veganism on children should be condemned, as it restricts their freedom of choice. The notion that a vegan diet is unhealthy for children has already been soundly rebutted by multiple authorities (I implore you to look up the ADA’s official stance on vegan and vegetarian diets if you don’t believe me) so let’s instead focus on the second claim.
Is it really deprivation to feed a child nuggets made from plants rather than meat from the carcass of a bird who was abused her entire life? Is it honestly reprehensible to give a child almond milk instead of stealing the milk from a cow whose child will now go without? How dare vegan parents teach their children to respect animals as individuals instead of objects to be consumed!