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Another Way to Teach Your Kids How to Be Vegan

Another Way to Teach Your Kids How to Be Vegan

Ruby Roth is at again, but this time she is on a mission to introduce 3-7 years old to the ‘ABCs’ of a compassionate lifestyle.

Chances are you’ve come across author and illustrator Ruby Roth at some point in the past, especially with all the controversy she stirred up with her previous titles ‘Vegan Is Love‘ and ‘That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals’.

V Is for Vegan: The ABC’s of Being Kind, addresses veggie issues in a fun and lighthearted way. Explaining sensitive animal issues to children is always difficult, but Ruby has such a wonderful way with words that broaching the fundamental ideas behind veganism and how we treat animals is much easier.

This book is a thought provoking read, that can be used as a vehicle for social change in efforts to spread the message of love and compassion on behalf of all our animal friends.

 

We got together with Ruby Roth and asked her to spill the beans on the latest addition to her portfolio, and here’s what she had to say:

What are you hoping to achieve with this new book?

I wrote V Is for Vegan to help a new generation of kids learn to love deeply, think critically and act responsibly. In 26 sentences, kids will learn ideas that every human being should consider in order to protect our health, animals and the planet the best we can.

How do you think V Is for Vegan will be received after all the controversy of the last book?

I always expect some backlash! But even in the last year, veganism has become much more familiar to the mainstream. Everyone’s continued activism and chatter have made the motives behind the movement accessible. I don’t see V Is for Vegan causing an outrage this time around, although the animal agriculture industries are not going to like it!

Why do you think it is important for kids to see this?

We can’t afford to wait for the next generation to grow up before we teach them how to live consciously. Failing to include them in the conversation only hinders our progress as a nation toward a more sustainable, innovative and conscious world.

If you’re wondering whether this book is too scary for your child, then fear not! V Is for Vegan has been lovingly crafted with the youngest of kids in mind. There is absolutely nothing scary hiding inside this positive and enchanting gem of a read. What you will find though is bright, colorful and captivating illustrations coupled with charming and memorable rhymes that act as the perfect way to introduce the ideas of a compassionate vegan lifestyle to your little ones.

V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind is available to pre-order online and the official release date is August 6.

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9:47AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Although I do not have any children yet, I have added this to my Amazon wish list.

8:26AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

I agree with Jasna R when she states that we are opportunistic omnivores. She also commented that meat comprises an essential part of the human diet as it includes much of the Vitamin B12. If some wish to become vegan, that hardly concerns me as it is a matter of personal choice

Alexandra S, you mentioned to Jasna R: “If dairy or meat is the essential part of your diet, you're doing something wrong. Even most diet experts who don't advise people to be vegan say that dairy and meat should not be on the bottom of the pyramid.”

8:25AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Jasna R is doing nothing wrong if she is omnivore. That makes up part of our diet and the fact that vegans dislike this is irrelevant. Some omnivores eat too much meat at a serving (the correct amount is the size of a deck of cards otherwise it is too much protein at one time). Vegetarians will sometimes eat eggs and cheese along with yogurt and honey and some drink milk, which are also vegan ‘no go zones’ in the dietary choice. You also said to Jasna R:
“And, yes, red meat was essential, but you said it yourself: Evolution, it means that humans don't stay the same and adapt. We don't need meat anymore. We can eat it, yes, but that just means willingly killing animals to satiate a need that isn't there.”

8:25AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

That is your opinion since vegans object to meat. So do vegetarians. As for evolution, that is your interpretation of what humans require. If you don’t wish to eat meat, fine but don’t tell me that I don’t require meat anymore simply because you have decided as a vegan that you don’t need it because you believe that animal products for consumption is against your ethics. You may no longer have that need to ‘satiate’ and eat meat which is fine for you. Vegans of course will use the same ‘no longer have that need’ on vegetarians when telling them that they ‘no longer have the need’ to eat eggs, yogurt, cheese, honey or drink milk. Just because vegans have decided it is against their ethics doesn’t ‘make it so,’ as Captain Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise is fond of ordering his crew. Humans have a variety of ethics and what may be unethical to a vegan is not necessarily ethical to a vegetarian or omnivore.

8:24AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Alexandra S, you made an intriguing comment to Mark K: “So you are an adult that still breastfeeds? Everything alright with you?”

I am sure that things are quite ‘alright’ with Mark, at least on the beverage choice side of things. If you are vegan, that is your choice but vegetarians and omnivores drink milk if we so decide. It has nothing to do with breastfeeding or whether other mammals for the most part don’t drink milk as adults. Humans are not other animals and we do things rather differently which is part of being human. Mark K is not standing underneath a dairy cow and obtaining his milk by drinking directly from the udder. If some vegans wish to mock people who drink milk in order to feel smug and superior to the rest of the ‘rabble’ of humanity then, by all means enjoy your ‘Lactate secretion Comedy Fest’. I am sure that some vegans even have their own Carnist jokes and perhaps there are Comedy Carn-Fests to mock omnivores. Whatever floats your boat. Even cats and other mammals may take a second look at milk, I once saw a rabbit lapping up a spilled milkshake and you think he would move off the road, I had to stop my car and shoo him away since he was in the centre of the road.

8:23AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

You also told John S that: “You list in your causes animal welfare and environmental protection. That doesn't go together with your views, though you'd do better to remove them.”
Really? There is nothing quite like sanctimonious vegans telling the rest of us that we are not quite up to snuff. I hate to bring you a reality check, but omnivores and vegetarians can still be both in favour of animal welfare and be pro-environment while still eating what you don’t. Vegans put animal rights first, front and centre while others often go for animal welfare. Jasna R stated it well when she commented to you to:

8:23AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

“…forget the idea that animals can ever be killed "humanely". You can do it as swiftly and as painlessly as you are able to and that's where it ends. Animal killed for consumption are still going to squeak, drop and bleed. Exactly as its wild ancestors did whenever a carnivore or a particularly hungry omnivore got to them…There are ways to fight against animal cruelty, there's actual serious activism pertaining to the major changes of laws designed to protect farm animals and to ensure they are treated as humanely as possible.”

It is not up to some overly smug vegans or even some overly smug vegetarians to decide just who in their minds should ‘do better to remove’ our advocacy of the environment/animal welfare causes simply because we don’t fit into the cookie cutter way that you envision the world and how it should and must be. We don’t need your permission or blessing to be advocates for what we believe. You can believe that you ‘do it better’ all you want but that smugness doesn’t wash.

8:22AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Alexandra S you tell Salvatore L that: “As soon as all animal products (not meat) come from free-range, happy, healthy and not over-bred animals I won't care who is vegan. But, nowadays that's not the case, unfortunately. And you shouldn't trust labels. The only way to know how the animals are kept is by buying your groceries on a farm or to have animals in your backyard...both of which aren't feasible for most people. So I don't see how choosing not to buy into this is wrong.”

Interesting point, not everyone drives to the farm to see if the conditions are acceptable but you are basically saying that unless one visits every organic free range farm where one gets our food then one has to ‘err on the side of caution’ and just avoid eating eggs, cheese, honey, yogurt and drink milk because we can never be one hundred percent ‘sure’. That is not going to happen, however it does help if more people are more willing to either visit or find out in other ways just what the conditions of a particular organic farm really are where they purchase their meat, eggs, etc. The world is not 100 percent perfect and many people are not drinking Fair Trade tea or coffee to ensure that no child labour is involved and not everyone will check out conditions on farms either.

8:22AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

The world is never going to become one hundred percent vegan, no matter how more ‘evolved’ than the rest of us that some vegans like to believe that you are. There are only 3 percent vegans in the entire world. If you don’t want blood on your hands as you say, that is fine with me, but omnivores eat meat despite the fact that you say there are substitutes including supplements for meat, eggs, honey, milk, yogurt and cheese. You believe that if enough people become vegan ‘we will change the world’ and that farmers won’t continue to produce meat if no one buys it. Perhaps not, but that world will never exist as there will always be people who will eat meat. The same goes for the other food items on the vegan no list because people are for the most part unwilling to also give up eating cheese, yogurt, ice cream, eggs, honey or for some drink milk.

8:22AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

There can be exploitation of women and children making rugs by hand in the Third World or t-shirts and so many other items that human consume. The conditions in which so many Walmart employees work under, with low wages and at times questionable labour practices doesn’t stop a lot of people, even progressive people from shopping at Walmart. We can try as much as is humanely possible to find a product that meets ethical practices and beliefs. However, to believe that all non-vegans will give up eating animal products if going organic because of the possibility of bad conditions is not realistic. The only thing one can do is to stick to small operations. Not entirely a guarantee either but certainly better for the most part compared to larger operations. It can often be far easier to monitor the conditions in smaller operations.

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