|Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 12):
As for humans, it is just plane stupid. Your body was designed to function in a certain way with certain dietary requirements. To just up and decide that you are going to make up your own rules and eat only vegetation is pure idiocy. If you one day decide that you hate all the oil companies and are going to only put vegetable oil in your car and not gas, your car will not run. The same goes with Vegans. Have you ever seen a vegan that looked healthy? no, there is a reason they are skinny and pale.
I'm vegetarian who eats vegan quite often and I'm as healthy as I could want to be. There isn't much in meat/dairy products that you can't get from other sources, but your eloquent critique of these dietary choices is nonetheless appreciated.
|Quoting Searpqx (Reply 13):
most vegetarians understand that some animal protein is necessary.
For what? Cancer? Heart disease?
|Quoting CasInterest (Reply 29):
well here is the problem I have with Vegans.
They don't drink Animal dairy products.
Woman's breasts don't produce Mlk just for the sole purpose of pleasing some sex fetish.
They do it to feed young.
The avoidance of Dairy, makes them absoultely against the whole fricken purpose of Nature.
Children require Milk with all the protiens. Not fricken SOY.
These folks don't seem to be typical vegans. Many, if not most, vegans don't consume dairy products because they believe in exactly the fact you're referring to: humans should drink the milk of HUMANS, not cows. Once developed, the nutritional values in milk can be attained elsewhere.
|Quoting LH423 (Reply 43):
Ok, a little research found that no vegan society advocates that babies not be breastfed. In fact, some of these say that breastfeeding should be the ONLY method or nourishment.
Kudos to you for bothering to learn something about veganism before launching into a tirade of generalizations and assumptions.
Look, these folks clearly don't have any understanding of how to raise a child. This kid needed breast milk, and its parents failure to realize that resulted in tragedy. Breastfeeding a child in no way goes against the guidelines of a vegan diet, and frankly, I'm rather baffled that these folks didn't know that. There are plenty of vegetarians/vegans in this country who are perfectly "normal" by the standards of those of you who are using the news of this child's death to bash a dietary choice that I'm willing to bet you know precisely nothing about, and many of them are raising equally "normal" children responsibly on vegetarian/vegan diets.
|Quoting RwSEA (Reply 44):
I'm sorry, but life in prison is excessive in this case. I can see 10-15 years for something like this, but life seems to be an extreme. I have a feeling that the judge might even agree, expect for the fact that the sentences were mandatory.
Agreed. These people clearly didn't have any idea how to raise a child, vegan or not. Some punishment is deserved for their negligence, but they're far from murderers.
*Edit to include response to RwSEA, and this link for anyone interested in a fairly balanced assessment of vegan health: http://www.veganhealth.org/
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