Do you think it's wrong for parents to put their children on a vegetarian diet, without giving the child a choice in this?
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I don't find it acceptable for any of these options.
77%
I find it acceptable for vegetarianism (no animal meat or things for which animals were killed)
13%
I find it acceptable for veganism (no meat, but no other animal products like dairy, eggs and honey either)
1%
I find it acceptable for fruitarianism (only eating parts of plants for which the plant doesn't have to die. Nothing of animals)
1%
It's acceptable for parents to put a child on any diet they want. it's their child.
9%
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Published: December 20, 2014
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KeaLeonnaSilverStar's avatar
Dangit, this one is hard...
Umm...
I guess it is okay, but I think the kids should have a choice.
I just say, if it happens, that is just how it happens.

I have no problem with vegans and vegetarians, but it just bothers me that they are so soft. Not all of them, but the one's I've seen and met IRL are just so... not me I guess.


In the end, I'd say that it is really the kid's choice, even though cutting of meat and or dairy/other stuff from animals is pretty healthy from what I've seen. You shouldn't force your child into something, but it still happens.
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know what you mean with the soft thing :P

As far as I know, for children it may actually not be all that healthy to completely cut off diary and other proteine-rich foods. For adults it's less of an issue because we don't have to do as much growing anymore, but children do, and if they lack essential nutrients it can permanently stunt their growth, so it can be risky if you don't know what you are doing :noes:
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Flaming-Cat|Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like the child should have some say in it, but once they know about it and are preferably more mature, not saying kids can't be mature and this is why I'm not saying a certain age, but they should defiantly make sure that their getting all the stuff that they need.

But yea, forcing a child to go vegetarian is like forcing someone to marry someone they don't like, I just don't support it, even if they grow out of caring or never really cared, they should be allowed to have some choice.
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, it should always be a person's choice in my opinion!
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Hawkieface|Hobbyist Writer
It's like cats and dogs omg
They need certain nutrients etc. to grow healthily
I mean
It's fine if you introduce it to them in later life and they adopt the ideals
But while they're growing
Nope
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, indeed D:
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TheGhoulAvenue|Student Digital Artist
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh, poor kid. :noes:
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TheGhoulAvenue|Student Digital Artist
Yeah. I hate when people force such a diet on really young children and make them sick like this, I mean you should do some kind of research on what a child needs not just shove your diet on it. Also Ive seen people feed their dogs and cats a vegan diet, in one case I remember the cat almost died, and the dogs looked really skinny. I dont get why people would do that.
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely cannot stand it when people force it upon dogs and cats. You're taking a CARNIVOROUS creature in your house only to deprive it of the food it needs to survive? Either give it the right food or don't take one at all. If you want an animal that doesn't eat meat, take a bunny or something. But it makes me super angry when people buy a dog or cat with the intention of not feeding it meat. Cats are carnivorous and will go blind, and die eventually, when not fed meat. Dogs are more carnivorous, but I wouldn't recommend trying to turn them into vegans.
Pets are a luxury, not a necessity. And they require the sacrifice of you feeding them what they need.
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IvypoolForever|Hobbyist General Artist
I think that a child should eat a normal diet until they are fully or nearly fully grown, as meat is a great source of protein and is full of great things. The exceptions are if the child has a health issue and cannot eat a certain food.

I also believe the child should have a say in his/her diet as long as they are a reasonable age to form a reasonable opinion. c:
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, yes. Children do need certain nutrients to grow healthily and it's rather wrong to deprive them of those because of your own beliefs...
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KittyKatWarrior|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure. I mean as long as that is the diet they were on their whole life like when they are like 10 parents shouldn't just change their diet. But ya to me it doesn't matter as long as the child is used to it.
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I'm personally concerned with if it's healthy for a creature that needs certain nutrients to grow...
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KittyKatWarrior|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the good thing about that is you can find various nutrients in various foods.
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep!
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red-sunfox|Hobbyist Artist
I think it's okay to a certain level, like if your parents were a certain diet I think they should be allowed to show you how the diet works and try it out, but if you find it's not for you, do what you want with your diet. It's your choice in the end ^_^
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, but children do need certain nutrients to grow, which is what worries me about these cases...
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red-sunfox|Hobbyist Artist
Oh yes, for sure parents should talk with a nutritionist first, I forgot to mention that o:
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea ^^
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xigs|Hobbyist General Artist
my mom was vegetarian and when we were younger she put us on a vegetarian diet bc it was easier, but once we were around 7 we got to choose and i stayed vegetarian bc i physically cannot digest meat proteins since i have a weak digestive system (i'm a lactose intolerant pescetarian bc of this) but my sisters now eat meat
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, I see :0
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xigs|Hobbyist General Artist
yeah my mom is actually vegetarian bc she can't digest meat either, and it started happening around the same time as me
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds odd :0
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