Sunday, November 6, 2011

Vegan Parenting Dilemma

My son is enrolled in an Enrichment program at a local school. It is a program for 0-3 years old that prepares them for preschool through a once a week class that introduces them to reading, singing, interactive play, sign language, Spanish, and play. This class also takes the kids on fields trip to various kid friendly place. The first place was to a local family farm. This farm is homes to farm animals such as chickens, goats, and sheep and it allows people to interact with the animals.

Here comes my first vegan parenting dilemma. Do I take my Mateo and give him his first opportunity to interact with animals that I hope his will spend his life respecting and refraining from harming? Or do I not take him because I know that this "farm" houses animals in an artificial environment where they may not have room to roam and where they have to spend their day letting people touch them and stare at them?

Have you encountered this parenting dilemma or one similar to it? What would you do? What should I do?

Look out for my next blog to see what I choose to do.

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2 comments:

  1. I think when it comes to something like this, it's always a lesson in parenting. I think when he's old enough to make up his own mind, then help him come to an educated decision. For now, I think I would research the farm a little more and then help educate your son afterwards about what was/wasn't reality for farm animals. Sometimes the experience of seeing the animals up close and persona helps provide a personal connection.

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  2. My own personal opinion, you start early in ways that allow him to bond with animals. I honestly do not see a problem with this and think its a great way to give him real world experience with the animals most others may not have ever see up close and personal before other than on a plate. This way, he'll love them way to much to imagine them as food when he is older!

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