Giving kids meat is child abuse, claims animal rights group

Poster row: PETA has been criticised for trivialising child obesity

A CONTROVERSIAL billboard that suggests feeding kids meat is child abuse has been erected by an animal rights group.

The provocative advert funded by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been put in place in Edinburgh in a bid to tackle the city’s childhood obesity problem.

The eye-catching advert reads ‘Feeding Kids Meat Is Child Abuse. Fight the Fat. Go Veg.’

It is located in Crewe Toll near the city’s Forthview primary School.

But the 20ft by 10ft ad has already provoked outrage from some who claim the message is inflammatory and trivialises the issue of child abuse.

Councillor Steve Cardownie said: “I have every sympathy for the plight of animals and recognise the impact of obesity in Edinburgh, but this is the wrong way to go about getting your point across.

“To imply that any parent who buys their child a McDonald’s or gives them a hamburger for their tea is a child abuser is just plain wrong and this will turn off the very people they are trying to influence.

“Child abuse is a very serious matter and this trivialises it. Any parent seeing this will not rally to them, but rather will be rebuffed by these sentiments.

“It’s offensive and I think it will backfire on them.”

But PETA officials claim obesity is far more prevalent in meat-eaters than in vegetarians.

They are hoping residents will take stock of the city’s ballooning childhood obesity problem.

“The potential for damage from a meat-heavy diet is like a ticking time bomb in kids”, says PETA special projects coordinator Abi Izzard. “In addition to causing immeasurable suffering to millions of animals, getting kids addicted to chicken,

beef and other types of meat condemns an entire generation to a future of health problems.”

The agency claim medical professionals are seeing evidence of atheroma, angina and even heart attacks in children, and in 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund recommended that children should not eat processed meat – including ham, sausage and bacon – for health reasons.

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  1. The people who posted this poster are extremists in the same vein as Al Qaeda. They do not accept anyone’s point of view but their own. I am 66 years old, fit and healthy (I know because I have just had a full health check). Brought up on red meat and in many instances loaded with fat. I have brought up seven children all with a good amount of meat in their diet. None are overweight, all are healthy. Human beings were given canine teeth for a reason, eating meat. Vegetarians and animal rights extremists would not survive in the natural world. Human beings are omnivorous hence their success, there can be no dispute about that. We have the luxury, and it is a fragile luxury, of choosing to be meat eating or not but like it or not if the supply of of nuts and vegetables were to disappear from supermarket and health food shops, remember they are normally seasonal or imported, then that would lead to their demise. They should not impose any of their values on others, in food or anything else for that matter. They have the choice and so should everyone else. The poster should be hauled down forthwith. I don’t doubt that there are many overweight children but its not down to eating meat alone.

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