A new bill is being proposed by Italian parliament which could see parents jailed for forcing their children under the age of 16 to follow a vegan diet. It has been described as a diet “lacking essential elements for a healthy growth” and a diet that is “deficient in zinc, iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Omega-3” even though dietitians have specifically stated that the diets are suitable for children as long as care is taken to ensure they are receiving the full range of nutrients.
The bill comes as four cases of malnourished children on a vegan diet were hospitalised in the last 18 months including a 14 month old baby and a 2 year old girl. The new law proposes jail time of up to four years if the diet results in the child developing a permanent health problem. You can read more about it at The Independent.
What are your thoughts? Do we have any vegans parents who raise their children as vegans? What do you think of this new proposed legislation?