I’ve always assumed I would raise my kids vegetarian, but was discussing it with my boyfriend and he brought up the following argument, “How’s that different from brining up your kids religious?”
Obviously vegetarianism is a form of indoctrination, much like religion, and I can’t justify its use, even if it is moral. Now, obviously if I was to raise my kids without meat, but didn’t restrict their consumption of meat elsewhere, I wouldn’t be forcing any particular ideology down their throats, yet how would I approach a situation in which they ate animals outside of the home?
I don’t know anything about being a mother, but as a vegetarian teenager, I definitely am passionate about my beliefs in animal rights and will absolutely introduce vegetarianism into my child’s life. But, I do not believe in forcing it upon them. I feel like as a young child, it is 100% O.K. to eat meat and sustain a healthy diet. And when a child is old enough to understand what vegetarianism is, and what animal rights are, that is when it’s appropriate to begin discussing it. It is also a persons entirely own chose whether or not they want to become a vegetarian, because even though I can encourage it, I also aware that not everyone can be forced to share the same opinions as me, including my own child.
I don’t plan on ever having children, but if I change my mind for whatever reason, I would raise them veg. It’s very important to me that the people I personally associate with understand and respect animal rights, and know where I come from when I involve myself in them and speak up for animals. I wouldn’t want my own children thinking its okay to eat animals.
I would raise my children with my beliefs and values and once they got old enough to make the decision for themselves, I would make sure they knew everything about the animal products they consumed before they decided. I don’t want to force my future children to eat a way they do not want but if I can influence their decision to be ethical to all life, which means raising them vegan, then I most certainty will.
I’m too young to have kids right now, but I’ve thought about this sum. A lot of it would involve who my partner was, and their choices. But assuming they thought like me they would be raised vegetarian, but when they were old enough to make their own decision. I wouldn’t force it on them though.