I’ll admit that I sometimes feel uncomfortable about my decision to raise my boys vegan – not through any uncertainties about the lifestyle, but more because of the certainty that people will be judging me for it.
And I’m weak – I want to be liked, I want to be respected and above all I want people to think that I’m a good Mummy. I wish I was one of those people who genuinely don’t care what people think of them, but I’m not!
So I’ve been thinking a lot about what my defence is going to be if anyone questions me on my decision to give the boys what some people will see as ‘a restricted diet.’
I guess I could harp on about animal cruelty, the torture that goes on in factory farms, that eggs are really baby chickens, that fish feel pain. All true, all very valid. All likely to be met with the view that I shouldn’t impose my own ethics on my children.
I could try the health angle – that meat eating causes cancer and heart disease. Ditto cheese and eggs. I could point out that a plant based diet is the optimum diet for health, no matter what your age. All ture, all very valid.
However I’ve come to the conclusion that fighting my corner and coming up with a litany of reasons may make me seem like I’m trying to convince myself, that I’m maybe not 100% certain about my decision.
So when the inevitable question crops up, I’m going to keep it short and sweet.
‘I believe that eating meat and dairy is immoral. I will no more teach my children to participate in the torture of animals than I would teach them to lie, cheat or steal’