I don't know when a parent wants to roll their eyes more. When their kids refuse to eat vegetables or when they declare they don't eat meat. Granted, my son still isn't totally aware of what IS and what ISN'T meat. He seems to think that eating tuna isn't eating meat and I am not so quick to correct him. Whatever the reason for this change of heart (we'll just say its a mysterious attitude change since I don't want to be accused of libel), I'd like to bring up an important issue affecting our kids, right now.
PETA. Peta is the "People for Ethical Treatment of Animals" and what I feel is a cult. Advocating for animals is a noble cause, spreading lies and propaganda isn't. Peta seems to have a war on fat people, a war on farmers, and a war on zoos. (I won't get into their Circus protest because I am not a fan of the circus because it's boring). Peta uses all sorts of tactics to get to children. In fact, it's their easiest target. From early elementary school to college years, PETA has saturation on all the kid hot spots. (Like concerts - every one I have been to in the past few years...) Here's a look at the shameless propaganda machine that is Peta.
Peta supporters reproducing is child abuse. Some families eat meat, get over it.
The War on Milk
Targeted at early elementary school children. SHAME PETA! SHAME!!! Skim milk is also awesome and likely not to cause a "chubby charlie".
Peta War on Parents
Isn't this sweet? It gets better...
Peta is asking small children to take a 30 day vegan pledge with no mention about consulting a doctor or parents first. A stark contrast to other pro-vegan supporters, such as Whole Foods, who urge you to consult your doctor on all diet changes. Peta's sites aimed at small children and Peta2 at older kids is telling our children that they'll be fat unless they are vegan.
I think embracing more vegan lifestyles within reason, eating less fatty foods, and etc are great causes. I don't think PETA truly cares about any of this. Many farmers are not cruel to their animals and you can find meat selections such as free range and non growth hormone injected meats at many grocery stores today. However, not everyone is truly cut out for vegan living. Making better decisions is important, but people should become vegans out of true desire to embrace the lifestyle.
As far as the kids go, children need to discuss vegan living with a doctor and parent before even attempting. Ensuring that there are replacements for the nutrients lost is crucial. Some vegan diets are nothing but glorified anorexia if certain fats, proteins and vitamins are not present. Peta's scare tactics are also gross exaggerations if not total lies altogether. They have very strategic tactics to get to your kids when you aren't around. They even use other children to spread the propaganda. (If you've ever had a pushy vegan mom in the PTA who wants to "educate" the kids.. Or a kid in the class that uses rhetoric phrases about meat and milk.)
From the site (Peta2):
Fill out the form below if you need peta2 campaign materials-such as stickers and leaflets-to distribute in your school or community. If you have already requested that another pack be sent to you, please wait until you have received and used up that pack before ordering another. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a college student and would like to get involved, please send a message to College@peta2.com. Requested materials can take up to six weeks to arrive. If you need materials sooner than this, please e-mail us so we can help you out.
Watch out for Peta. They're coming for your kids.