The Reading / Listening - Veganism - Level 5

Doctors in Belgium have said giving children a vegan diet is "unethical" and should be a crime. Vegans do not eat any animal products, including eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived food. Belgium's medical association declared that veganism is "unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers, and pregnant...women". It said vegan parenting is "non-assistance to a person in danger," which is a criminal offence that carries a prison sentence of up to two years. It said children need the protein and essential fatty acids from animal products.



The animal rights group PETA rejected the ruling and called it "ignorant codswallop". A PETA spokeswoman said: "A meat- and dairy-based diet is what strikes people down in adulthood, as it can lead to hardened arteries that cause stroke, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks. She added: "A well-planned vegan diet is perfect for babies and children." She said her children "thrive on a balanced vegan diet". She added: "It's the parents' responsibility to ensure their child is getting all the necessary nutrients." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Veganism - Level 4 or  Veganism - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/parents-raising-children-vegan-prosecuted
  • https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2019/05/belgium-will-no-longer-tolerate-parents-who-force-their-kids-to-be-vegan.html
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/16/parents-raise-children-vegans-should-prosecuted-say-belgian/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. giving children a vegan
  2. animal
  3. Belgium's medical
  4. unsuitable
  5. a criminal
  6. a prison sentence of
  7. It said children
  8. essential fatty acids
  1. offence
  2. need the protein
  3. for unborn children
  4. from animal products
  5. diet is "unethical"
  6. association
  7. up to two years
  8. products

Paragraph 2

  1. The animal rights group PETA
  2. called it ignorant
  3. hardened arteries that cause
  4. brain aneurysms,
  5. perfect for
  6. children thrive on a balanced
  7. It's the parents'
  8. getting all the necessary
  1. and heart attacks
  2. responsibility
  3. rejected the ruling
  4. nutrients
  5. stroke
  6. codswallop
  7. babies
  8. vegan diet

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors in Belgium have (1) ___________________ a vegan diet is "unethical" and should (2) ___________________. Vegans do not eat any animal products, including eggs, (3) ___________________ other animal-derived food. Belgium's medical association declared that veganism is "unsuitable (4) ___________________, children, teenagers, and pregnant...women". It said vegan parenting is "non-assistance to a person in danger," which is (5) ___________________ that carries a prison sentence of up to two years. It said children need the protein and (6) ___________________ from animal products.

The animal rights group PETA (7) ___________________ and called it "ignorant codswallop". A PETA spokeswoman said: "A meat- and dairy-based diet (8) ___________________ people down in adulthood, as it can lead to hardened (9) ___________________ stroke, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks. She added: "A well-(10) ___________________ is perfect for babies and children." She said her children "thrive (11) ___________________ vegan diet. She added: "It's the parents' responsibility to ensure their child is getting all (12) ___________________." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

DoctorsinBelgiumhavesaidgivingchildrenavegandietis"unethical"an
dshouldbeacrime.Vegansdonoteatanyanimalproducts,includingegg
s,dairyproductsandotheranimal-derivedfood.Belgium'smedicalass
ociationdeclaredthatveganismis"unsuitableforunbornchildren,child
ren,teenagers,andpregnant...women".Itsaidveganparentingis"non
-assistancetoapersonindanger,"whichisacriminaloffencethatcarrie
saprisonsentenceofuptotwoyears.Itsaidchildrenneedtheproteinand
essentialfattyacidsfromanimalproducts.TheanimalrightsgroupPETA
rejectedtherulingandcalledit"ignorantcodswallop".APETAspokeswo
mansaid:"Ameat-anddairy-baseddietiswhatstrikespeopledowninad
ulthood,asitcanleadtohardenedarteriesthatcausestroke,brainaneur
ysms,andheartattacks.Sheadded:"Awell-plannedvegandietisperfe
ctforbabiesandchildren."Shesaidherchildren"thriveonabalancedveg
andiet".Sheadded:"It'stheparents'responsibilitytoensuretheirchildi
sgettingallthenecessarynutrients."AroundthreepercentofBelgianchi
ldrenliveinveganfamilies.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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