Children’s vegan book stirs controversy
By Aisha Sultan
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A new children book by Ruby Roth has been praised by Jane Goodall, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and other best-selling authors. But Roth’s call to action in “That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things” has stirred some controversy, as well. It claims to offers children a look at the emotional lives of animals, their experience on factory farms, and the effect that eating animals has on the environment and endangered species.
The author addresses some of the most frequently raised issues about the book in a prepared release:
Q. Publisher’s Weekly said that the descriptions and images may be “a little overwhelming” for children. How have kids reacted at readings so far?
A. I have never experienced a child who was overwhelmed or freaked out by the book. I’ve found, in fact, the opposite. Children show incredible interest and insight. They ask questions and relate the information to their own lives-their pets, their gardens, their vegetarian relative. One 4th grader told me that factory farms reminded her of what her class was learning about slavery! Read More
As with most vegans who force their ideas on young children, they are more concerned about their own personal agenda than they are about the health of the child. Listen to what they are telling children, don’t eat a balanced diet and ignore accepted nutritional guidelines. And this to a group of children that are growing and developing and could suffer the consequences of a bad diet for the rest of their lives. Here’s what most parents are trying to teach their kids, eat a balanced diet that includes meat and dairy products and get regular exercise.