Vegans Could Spend Up To 4 Years In Jail If They Don’t Feed Their Kids Meat
In July 2016, Italian police removed a 14-month-old baby from a couple of vegan parents in Milan. The police intervened after two grandparents arrived at the hospital with their little baby grandchild who was in a severe form of undernourishment. The two grandparents brought the child to the hospital and told doctors that the baby was forced to live on a vegan diet even though the doctors found that he had such low calcium levels, they were barely enough for him to survive.
After this case in Milan, Italy, Elvira Savino from the Forza Italia Party proposed a new legislation that would jail all vegan parents who refuse to give meat to their children. While the legislation is still in its early stage, more and more followers want this law to be implemented and more and more vegans see this as an injustice against their democratic rights.
Elvira Savino says that if children will show deficiencies in iron, zinc and other important vitamins in their growth, their parents will be criminally liable and will be sentenced to 4 years in jail.
The ‘Anti-Vegan Baby Law’ wants to:
“Stigmatize the reckless and dangerous eating behavior imposed by parents who pursue a vegan diet, to the detriment of minors.” announced Elvira Savino.
“For some years the belief has been spreading in Italy that a vegetarian diet, even in the rigid form of a vegan diet, results in significant health benefits,” the politician added.
“There is no objection if the person making this choice is an informed adult. A problem arises when children are involved.”
5 children have been hospitalized in the last 18 months alone in Italy due to their vegan diets. These problems raised some serious questions and people demand actions to be taken as soon as possible. In 2015, an Italian court actually ordered a vegetarian mother to cook meat for her 11-month-old baby after the father (and ex-husband) filed a report against her for not offering their child an adequate diet.
Being such a controversial topic and law, what actions would you propose in order to solve these problems?