Doctors in Belgium have that raising children on a vegan diet is "unethical" and should a criminal offence. Vegans from any animal products, including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances. The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has that veganism is "unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers, and pregnant and lactating women". Professor Georges Casimir said vegan parenting as "non-assistance to a person in danger," which a criminal offence that a prison sentence of up to two years. He said children "higher requirements for protein and essential fatty acids" and that these nutrients must from animal products.
The animal rights group PETA angrily to the ruling of the Belgian medical association. It the ruling and it "ignorant codswallop". PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr said: "Nutritionists that while a meat- and dairy-based diet is what people down in adulthood (as it can to hardened arteries that cause stroke, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks) a well-planned vegan diet is perfect for babies and children." She : "Kids, including my own, on a balanced vegan diet, but as with any dietary regime, it's the parents' responsibility to their child is all the necessary nutrients." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.