Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vegan Parenting Dilemma Part II

I wrote a couple of posts ago regarding a decision that I had to make on whether or not I should take my son to a petting farm on a field trip with his classmates. My concerns were taking/supporting a place that I know probably did not parallel with my moral feelings regarding how animals should be "used". I asked for comments from my readers as to what they think that I should do. I received some really good responses from both vegan and non vegans alike.

So as you can tell we decided to go to the petting farm. This farm had goats, sheep, ducks, geese, rabbits, miniature horses, llamas, chickens, turkeys, and a pig. You were able to feed the goats and sheep, hold baby chickens,  go on a hay ride, and have an outdoor picnic.

On the plus side of this experience, my son was able to interact with the same animals that I hope in the future he will decide to save by continuing his vegan diet (just like his mama). He was able to see in person the animals he has only seen in his books and hopefully this experience plants a seed in him that animals are sentient beings.

On the other an animal activist and as someone who has visited farm animal heaven (also know as Farm Sanctuary) I saw this place as a very inhumane place for animals. The animal enclosures were very small and dirty. There were not many employees walking around to ensure that people where not taunting the animals. The only pig there was solo (pigs are very social creatures who like living in herds). And I couldn't help but wonder what happens to all those baby chicks when they become adults.

All in all I will have to say that I am glad that I went with my son. He was able to experience the joys of animals with his family. He was able to touch and feed them and was able to continue to develop positive experiences associated with animals.

Will I take him there again? If on a school field trip maybe. By myself No.

I do know that my talks of animals will change and develop depending on the situation and his age. At 20 months I just want him to experience all types of animals. I will save the talk of factory farms until he is  a little but older :-)

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