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Parents in Italy who force their children to relate to vegan diet can be sentenced to prison. New bill wants to protect children and their rights to a healthy lifestyle.
Such parents, the draft bill claims, are imposing a diet "devoid of essential elements for [children's] healthy and balanced growth". It has been proposed by Elvira Savino of the centre-right Forza Italia party.
It follows a number of high-profile Italian cases where malnourished children have been taken into care. In four cases over the last 18 months, malnourished children were hospitalised in Italy after being fed a vegan diet, according to BBC.
What is veganism?
A vegan diet eliminates anything which originates from animals:
- No meat, fish, animal fats or gelatine
- No dairy products such as cow's milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, goat's or sheep's milk
- No eggs, nor foods containing eggs, such as most Quorn products
- No honey