21 March 2011

Greek vegetarian couple goes to battle to adopt child

A Greek couple from the island of Crete is finding themselves in the ridiculous situation of having to go to court to adopt a child after they were denied because of their vegetarian diet.

When the city's social welfare office discovered that the couple was vegetarian, the agency made the decision to get an expert opinion from the University of Crete medial school. Pediatrician and nutrition researcher Antonis Kafatos gave the response, "A child needs to eat fish, seafood and dairy products among other things..."

After hearing the response from Kafatos, the social welfare office opted to deny adoption to the couple. The couple may have to agree to raise a child on an omnivorous diet to have a chance at adoption.

The ignorance from the university and welfare services is quite shocking to me. There is plenty of sound evidence to prove that it is perfectly healthy to raise children on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

When I decided to go vegetarian and later vegan, I expected to get some jokes thrown my way but never even thought about being discriminated against in this fashion. Not only does this discriminate against the vegetarian couple, but it prevents a child in need from finding a loving home. Hopefully the courts will listen to reason and make it possible for this couple to continue on with their adoption plans.

Peter Godoy | @petergodoy
Peter lives in San Diego with two animal companion cats, Gremlin and Mila, and has no plans to ever leave America's Finest City. He was vegetarian for a couple months until he saw the light and became a vegan. Animal rights has become his passion. Peter enjoys reading vegan blogs and cooking vegan meals. Follow Peter on Facebook.

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