Italy: Parents who force their kids to become Vegans, can be sent to jail

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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