New Vegan Book for Kids Brings Out the Haters

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vegan book for kidsOh, vegans. I do admire you so and honestly wish I could do what you're doing. So much so that on occasion, I give it a shot. Admittedly, I just polished off a breakfast of bacon and eggs, but I do have much love for you and your kind. Except for the judge-y ones. You people can suck it.

Which is how most of you guys are going to feel about Ruby Roth's upcoming children's book, Vegan Is Love, I just know it. And Ms. Roth does herself no favors in this TODAY show interview where she comes off as just a wee bit sanctimonious.

I take no issue with the statements made in Vegan Is Love. I don't think we can argue the fact that animals do, in fact, die when they are prepped for our dinner table. And any death that is not natural and at the hands of a weapon is surely violent. I don't even think some kids will blink an eye at this information. After all, it's much more difficult to explain the opposite to a child -- that we kill and eat animals by choice.

So how come this book is bugging me and will surely bug many of you?

It could be my own waffling on the issue and therefore guilt seeping in that I enjoy burgers against my better judgment. But it's also that this book feels condescending to parents making different choices than the author. And we don't need any more of that. So the best thing to do is to leave this book to the vegan families and ignore those cute animals staring out at us from the book shelves.

Who am I kidding? This thing is going to sell a million copies, mostly to people who want to use it to light up their grill.

What do you think about teaching kids to be vegans?


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cocob... cocobeannns

I don't know why the book would bother you so much. There is a simple solution to that - don't buy it. It's a parents choice if they want to raise their children to be vegan too. I don't see the problem here?

Delamara Delamara

I don't feel bad for eating meat. I love to eat burgers, chicken, bacon, ham, turkey, ect. And a book isn't going to make me feel bad or change my ways. Eating meat doesn't make you a bad person. And with all the attention being brought to the farms that grow and house and kill the animals, conditions are changing. I don't flame vegans...you do your thing and I'll do mine. 

aeros... aeroslove

I am vegan and i am making my kids do it too because its healthier. I dont care what DH or anyone says so be it.

nonmember avatar kaerae

I will never give up steak, but it's every parents right to teach their kids to be vegan if they choose. If you're teaching your kids to be of a specific religion or ideology, you can't really fault parents for teaching that vegan is right and meat is wrong. Hamburgers ARE "violent and mean," but they're also juicy and delicious and I'll continue to eat them. Like @Delmara says, you do your thing, I'll do mine, and mmmmm, mine is pretty damn tasty!

MomLi... MomLily67

aeroslove: Exactly,  I am sure if your kiddies wanted to try something else, you would let them, in moderation, and they would decide if they like it added to their selection of foods.


There are vegan parents with omnivore kids, and vegan kids with omnivore parents.


Many times, you have to buy what is avaialble and affordable, and as healthy as possible. Different people, eat different things.


 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I don't need a book about being vegan. My kid is like most kids in that he instinctively knows that eating animals is wrong. He's been mostly vegan since birth (he occasionally eats some little thing like a piece of cake at a party) and he's a happy little boy.

tonip... toniperoni

I think it's great there are a couple of childrens books. It can be hard to explain to a 3 year old why they can;t have a sausage or whatever at a bbq, and we use picture books for everything else. It's not about you.


I don't criticise meat eaters and I've learnt to keep my mouth shut because of the judgement I get about my children not eating meat. It's much like religion, if you believe you believe and nothings going to change that, but lot'sof people will think you're wrong anyway

nonmember avatar jojoma

@Rhondaveggie LOLOL That has to go in the Top 5 Sanctimommy Comments of all time! "he instinctively knows that eating animals is wrong" lolololol! Um, yeah, that's NOT an instinct. You have taught him that by example, which is totally fine, but quit acting like it's anything other than the way he was raised.

Melis... Melissa042807

I don't think there's anything wrong with being a vegan. I do, however, think some of the images and descriptions in the book are not appropriate for young children. That is an issue I have with the BOOK, not with veganism. Big difference. I think the controversy is coming from that line getting blurred. 

vanes... vanessa5470

I love how there are only herbivores depicted on the book's cover. Omnivores and omnivores. Carnivores are carnivores. Herbivores are herbivores. Every single tooth in a human's mouth serves its purpose and is there for a reason. We are gentically made to eat meat; the right types of meat (not processed garbage).



What will you tell your children when that cute lion massacres that cute gazelle? Or when that adorable killer whale rips the head off of that adorable unsuspecting sea lion?



My kid will make his own choices about what he wants to eat, we can only guide them to make correct choices in terms of nutrition. As far as teaching him to be vegan, not important. What IS important to me is teaching him about humanity, and that some people are cruel and treat animals like garbage, which is not correct.

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