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Veganism Book For Kids Goes Too Far


Vegan children's book traumatizes kids.

“Vegan Is Love” is the title of a new children’s book by Ruby Roth. While I grew up on innocent Disney fairytales, the Bernstein Bears, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, Roth introduces young people to the horrors of eating meat, and she goes way too far in the process.

A book review from MSN reads, “Vegans, you can abdicate yourself from the pinnacle of the food chain, but don't try to scare us off our bacon sundaes. And, please don't try to make our kids read Ruby Roth's new book, ‘Vegan Is Love,’ a gorgeously illustrated but sinister children's book that graphically depicts bleeding, slaughtered animals and describes their deaths as violent and sad. It's no wonder Roth's unsmiling stepdaughter told The Today Show her favorite food is kale. Critics say the book encourages vegan kids to see their meat-eating friends as cold-blooded killers. One thing is for sure: As far as bedtime stories go, you're better off with ‘Goodnight Moon.’

“Vegan Is Love” is Roth’s second shot at targeting children to push forward her vegan agenda. Her first book, “That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals” encourages kids to avoid parks, circuses, horse races and eating meat.

I believe it’s important to educate kids about where their food comes from. Show them seeds are planted in the soil to grow vegetables. Teach them about how cattle and sheep grazing in the pasture convert grass into protein for us to eat. Tell them that bacon comes from pigs, and eggs come from chickens. Correct them when they think chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Explore farms and ranches, learn about careers in agriculture and teach them how to be confident in the kitchen. These are all important lessons for kids.

However, using fear tactics and dramatic illustrations to scare kids away from healthy, nutritious animal proteins is just wrong. What do you think about the book, “Vegan Is Love?”

Check out these children’s books that celebrate animal agriculture and show your kids how you can love animals and the planet and still enjoy meat and dairy products.

“Levi’s Lost Calf” by Amanda Radke

“Star Becomes A Mother” by Rianna and Sheridan Cheney

“Peekaboo Farm” by Charlie Gardner

“Open The Barn Door” by Christopher Santoro

“Little House On The Praire” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do you have any suggestions for ag-accurate books to add to the list? Please, share with us in the comments section below.

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Sarah (not verified)
on May 3, 2012

"Seed Soil Sun: Earth's Recipe for Our Food" by Cris Peterson is a great read for school age children to see the process of how seeds become our food!

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 3, 2012

The obstacle that animal agriculture runs into is that it has always countered the problem of radical vegans or animal rights groups from the standpoint of animal agriculture.
You cannot counter the opinions of groups or individuals from your own ideals, you need to do it from their point of view. Otherwise it is just about who is right and who is wrong in our own opinion. Unfortunately the expertise to do this is not currently being used.

on May 3, 2012

How would you counter it from a vegan or animal rights agenda?

Bob Gwilt (not verified)
on May 3, 2012

I agree that book goes way to far and children should not
be allowed to read it.
Enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work.
Bob Gwilt

Scott Armstrong (not verified)
on May 3, 2012

"Teach them about how cattle and sheep grazing in the pasture convert grass into protein for us to eat."

If you told the children that, it would surely be a fable.

Cattle and sheep don't convert grass into protein. They metabolize protein, fats and other nutrients found in plants. It so happens that people then eat the body parts of those animals, which consist of protein, fat, and other nutrients, but the caloric efficiency of that process from plant protein to animal protein is remarkably low. And they don't graze in the pasture "for us to eat them", but for their own purposes.

If you put away your vested interests and prejudices for a moment, ask yourself which is more correct: telling children wonderful fantasies about human animal/nonhuman animal interactions, then feeding them pieces of those animals at mealtime, or teaching children to be kind to animals?

ginny (not verified)
on May 3, 2012

Sir, after reading your post I truly hope you don't have children because anyone who could look at a book like this and not call it for the child abuse it is is just plain scary. I have absolutely no problem with discussions of the vegan / non-vegan topic between those old enough to understand the differering points but playing this up to the elementary school crowd isn't a darn bit different than plunking your second grader down in front of the TV and giving them a dose of the nightly news where they can try to comprehend why a doctor's beheaded body is found along a roadside or a father would slash his own children's throats or shoot them over a custody battle. What is shown is factual but who in their right mind would let a young child see it? This book only serves to further my contention that the vegan / animal rights crowd hate people more than they actually care about animals if a woman would gear a book dealing with concepts far beyond the intended reader's understanding rather than writing it for those old enough to see both sides of the equation and drawing their own conclusions.
A last thought for you; don't animals eat other animals in Nature? Perhaps we can work on genetically altering all the planet's carnivores into herbivores so we don't have to watch those horrible commercials for National Geographic channel of the lions dragging down a zebra and ripping out its throat! Kind of makes a captive bolt at the processing plant look pretty tame doesn't it.

Angela (not verified)
on Jan 14, 2013

Your excuse for eating meat is that other animals do? Tell me more about the factory farms where lions keep zebras.

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 3, 2012

My sheep are very efficient at economicially converting grass and brush from steep hillsides and isolated grass patches in the forest. Even if they need 7-12 pounds of feed to gain a pound, you can't seriously suggest that a human can be paid to go around cutting grass with hand tools efficiently. Crops cannot be grown there. Livestock is the only way to harvest grass and convert it to protien in these areas.

on May 3, 2012

It may be graphic and I would probably hesitate to show otto children, but is the depiction in these books untrue? At some point children should learn about slaughter.

Terry Church (not verified)
on May 6, 2012

Ruby Roth is trying to push her agenda on kids who are acceptable to the things they read or are read to. I hope that day schools, public schools, etc. will not allow the reading of this book to kids. I know the book may be some type of free speech, but kids don't need this pushed on them. When they are old enough to check out all the facts for themselves then they can decide to eat meat or not. Being graphic in this book only adds to the misleading of children. Books of this caliber should not be available to kids.

Tom Smith (not verified)
on May 7, 2012

The book goes over the line for a young kid's book. Older kids would be a more suitable audience. We need to teach our kids that livestock are capable of harvesting forage from areas which are unsuitable for farming and converting that into a product that is digestible for humans. Also, the fact remains that humans are omnivores by nature, regardless of whether you believe that comes from evolution or creation. Most of us NEED nutrients from both plant and animal sources to remain healthy. Balancing the two is the key to a long and healthy life. Realize and accept that there are exceptions, that some can be quite healthy on a vegan diet for decades, while others like me can eat a horrible diet full of gravy, bacon & eggs, ice cream, and sugars and still maintain a healthy weight and low cholesterol into my 50's. I accept that they have a right to their preferred lifestyle, I only demand that they grant me the same courtesy.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 15, 2013

I'd rather they read this than the bible.

on Nov 19, 2015

What a dilemma, Families involved in Animal Agriculture want to desensitize their children to the violence inherent in their industry. Vegans want to Sensitize their children to the violence inherent in the Animal Agriculture Industry.

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