A mother who’s raising her baby son on a vegan diet has been slammed by Good Morning Britain viewers as ‘cruel’.
Jess Pourasghar appeared on the daytime television show to discuss whether parents should be allowed to ‘impose’ a diet on their children.
She told presenter Susannah Reid that she hopes to keep her 11-month-old son on a vegan diet until he at least 18 and would stop him eating meat if he wanted to, something that left some viewers condemning her as ‘cruel’.
Jess Pourasghar appeared on Good Morning Britain to debate whether you should ‘impose’ a vegan diet on babies and children. She’s raising her own son, 11 months, to not eat meat and dairy products
The little boy was pictured off set with his father; the family say they are compassionate animal lovers and they want to raise their child that way, intending to feed him vegan food until he’s 18
Jess also revealed that she’d be disappointed if her son told her at the age of five that he wanted to eat meat. The little boy was pictured off set with his father.
She told the panel: ‘Well I’d be disappointed obviously, I would tell him the truth about where it comes from.
‘We’re going to be raising him to know exactly where it comes from and I’m not going to be showing him slaughter house videos obviously.
‘The fact that you wouldn’t show a child a slaughter house video shows how violent and horrific it is.’
When Susannah asked if the mother would let her eat meat at the age of five he asked to, she replied: ‘I’d stop him because it’s still my choice to raise him at that age and every parent would make their decisions for him.’
On social media, people quickly added their own thoughts, with many saying they disagreed with Pourasghar.
@RaymondStock6 wrote: ‘Veganism must be up to the individual, and babies should be fed a conventional diet until they are old enough to decide.’
Disappointed: The mother said she wouldn’t let her son watch slaughter house videos but she would be honest about where meat comes from
When Susannah Reid grilled Pourasghar on how she’d feel if her son wanted to eat meat at the age of five, the mother replied, she would ‘stop’ him from doing so
The baby pictured with his father; many said Pourasghar and her partner should wait until he can make his own decision on the diet he wants
Others argued that whatever you feed children you’re ‘imposing’ your views on them…with one viewer saying: ‘How about we have a positive spin on veganism for a change from @GMB?’
@dgault26: ‘It should be a criminal offence to force a food diet type onto a baby or child who needs the goodness that food can give to them.’
@deborahlewis10 argued: ‘Are you not imposing your views on a child either way?’
And @MichDuq agreed, writing: ‘Babies are naturally vegan , they have their mothers breast milk ( as should be the right of all baby mammals !) There ante many resources for successfully raising young children on a vegan diet. how about we have a positive spin on veganism for a change from @GMB?’
@elwell_alan wrote: ‘If they want there babies to be vegan that’s up them.’
Pourasghar defended the decision to offer a vegan diet, saying: ‘We want to bring our children up to be compassionate, we want to bring them up to be kind to animals, everyone wants their children to be kind to animals.’