Yesterday, The Marin Vegetarian Education Group shook things up at the annual Marin County Farm Day, an event which attracts more than 1,000 children from schools throughout the county. The group awarded children who visted their booth with copies of I Love Animals and Broccoli, a book that teaches children to love animals, not eat them.
Despite organizers’ claims that the event welcomed all viewpoints, apparently a vegetarian one wasn’t. “They said that this is an event about agriculture, and that cows and dairy are one of the biggest industries in Marin,” said Patti Breitman, executive director of the vegetarian group. The group was asked to stop distributing the books and may not be invited back next year.
“I think it’s absurd to encourage children to pet animals, to bond with them, to fall in love with them, and then to have them for dinner,” Breitman said. “We just want to show kids that they have a choice.”
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