The Children's Book That Has Parents' Panties In A Bunch: 'Vegan Is Love'
Parents can't seem to agree on what subject matter is "too adult" for kids. Complex social issues like homosexuality (remember And Tango Makes Three?) or race (Huckleberry Finn, To Kill A Mockingbird, etc.) are pretty much guaranteed to end up on somebody's banned books list...but veganism? Indeed! 29-year-old Ruby Roth's forthcoming book, Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action already has parents and reviewers shaking their heads and wagging their fingers--not because the book touts a plant-based diet, but because it graphically describes and illustrates inhumane practices within the meat and dairy industries.
The follow-up to Roth's first book, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals, Vegan Is Love features illustrations and descriptions of the treatment of livestock in commercial factory farming operations. And while it's a pretty well-known fact that animals raised for meat and dairy aren't exactly treated like royalty, parents have been quick to decry the "restrictive" vegan diet that's recommended, as well as the illustrations of injured animals and use of words like "violent" and "sad" in the context of a food product that children may encounter. One reviewer even noted that, without adequate parental involvement, the book could result in malnutrition--though, to be fair, isn't that kind of the case with raising kids? That if you don't take care of them, they don't eat properly?
But animal activists (like PETA, who are known for trying to scare and offend the general public into veganism) and Roth herself have come to the book's defense, explaining that the idea isn't to frighten children--but that if the content of the book or the source of the foods in it are scary, then maybe kids shouldn't be eating those foods.
What do you think? Is this book crossing the line, or is it important for kids to know what they're eating? Parents can make up their own minds when the book drops on April 24.
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