Raising vegan children is a form of brainwashing because children are too young to make a meaningful choice in the matter. Children have a right to eat meat, so forcing a vegan lifestyle on them is unethical.
Parents are responsible for the physical well-being of their children, and they are also responsible for providing ethical guidance. Evidence shows that a plant-based diet is healthy for people of all life stages, including children, so vegan parents are following appropriate nutritional guidelines. Veganism is the philosophical position that using animals for human benefit is unethical, so vegan parents are simply teaching their children compassion through veganism, much as any parent might teach a child to be kind.
Vegan parents are no different from other parents in that they do their best to raise compassionate children with strong moral and ethical values. In fact, parents who teach children to be compassionate and respectful to all animals instead of a select few could be said to impart more consistent values. For example, vegan children are not expected to develop the cognitive dissonance required to care for cats and dogs while supporting the slaughter of chickens and cows. Moreover, parents are expected to make ethically appropriate decisions for children until they are able to digest age-appropriate information and come to their own conclusions about controversial topics. Vegan parents and children are no different where it concerns the treatment of animals, so providing age-appropriate information about veganism to children while ensuring that they are healthy and happy is not brainwashing.
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