Mussolini Would Be Proud: Italy Proposes Jailing "Reckless" Vegan Parents
If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk up to four years in jail. In her shockingly tyrannical over-reach, the center-right party member seeks to "stigmatize the reckless and dangerous eating behavior imposed by parents” who make children go vegan.
"I have nothing against vegans or veganism as long as it is a free choice by adults," she told Reuters in a telephone interview on Wednesday, days after she presented the proposed law in the lower house Chamber of Deputies.
"I just find it absurd that some parents are allowed to impose their will on children in an almost fanatical, religious way, often without proper scientific knowledge or medical consultation," she said.
Savino says the belief that vegans are healthier “has been spreading in Italy” recently, a development she views with some alarm.
“There is no objection if the person making this choice is an informed adult,” she concedes, but a problem “arises” when the diet is forced on children: The bill claims that depriving minors of animal products can cause neurological disorders and anemia by leaving them iron-, zinc-, and vitamin-B12-deficient.
Savino’s solution is imprisoning these “radicalized” parents for one year — a sentence that can climb to four years if a kid actually gets sick, and six if he or she dies.
The bill is partly a reaction to several recent fiascos where the state had to remove malnourished kids from bad parents who were also vegan.