PETA along with others would love for all people to forgo a diet of animals. They think, preach, and advocate that man can live by bread alone. Some even forgo animal by-products (that do not harm the animal, but instead are derived from them such as milk and cheese and chicken eggs).
The problem is that man is not an herbivore. Evolution has made some animals carnivores, some animals herbivores and some animals omnivores. Man is the latter. In order to sustain a healthy body, man has to ingest all food groups. Or get sustenance from artificial means to supplement what he eliminates.
But do not tell that to the Vegans. The most radical of the herbivore sect, they eschew anything to do with animals. It has long been known that in order to exist on a Vegan diet, artificial vitamins must be taken. The only natural source of B-12 is animals, and it is one of the essential vitamins for man.
Now, in France, a couple is being charged with murdering their child. The reason? The parents refused to eat any animals or animal by-products and apparently were ignorant of the vitamin deficiency issue. in addition, they only allowed their baby breast milk for the 11 months of her life. The child died of Vitamin A and B12 deficiency.
It is no longer a "life style choice". It has now become a death method choice. Perhaps these parents were just ignorant - and willing believers in a lie propagated by PETA and their ilk. Or perhaps they were just another demented sect that feels the bottom of the evolutionary chain is man.
Whatever reason, they killed their child due to a dangerous mindset that is apparently in vogue for the leisure class. They want us to remove ourselves from nature since we are destroying it, not realizing that we are a part of it.
A life lesson. Especially given a tangential religion out there - Anthropogenic Global Warming - Global Climate Change - Global Climate Disruption.
EDIT: responsible veganism - acknowledging that there are issues with eschewing any animal product - is not the issue. But when you get zealots involved, that is where the danger comes in. Texas Wahine offers this Qualifier which I think will temper this post and emphasize that it is about extremism, not mainstreamism.
I realize I am being repetitive, but I believe this is an important message (obviously not for the men on this thread, as I don't believe any of you are currently breastfeeding, , but for moms who may come across this thread in the future): Breastmilk is the optimal food for babies. Vegan moms can and should breastfeed. Vegan moms should keep an eye on their diets and monitor their infant's growth and health (as should all moms). Breastmilk can be complete nutrition for an infant all the way up to her first birthday. If a vegan mom is unwilling to feed herself appropriately, she should place her infant on soy formula, however, this is not as good a choice as a proper diet for mom and breastfeeding.