Doctors in Belgium have said giving children a vegan is "unethical" and should be a . Vegans do not eat any animal , including eggs, products and other animal-derived food. Belgium's association declared that veganism is " for unborn children, children, teenagers, and pregnant...women". It said vegan is "non-assistance to a person in danger," which is a offence that carries a prison of up to two years. It said children need the and essential fatty acids from animal products.
The animal group PETA rejected the and called it "ignorant codswallop". A PETA spokeswoman said: "A meat- and dairy-based is what strikes people down in , as it can lead to hardened arteries that cause , brain aneurysms, and heart attacks. She added: "A well-planned vegan diet is for babies and children." She said her children "thrive on a vegan diet. She added: "It's the parents' to ensure their is getting all the necessary ." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.