New & Notable: No animals were harmed in the making of this offence

TT was a mother. TT decided to take on a raw vegan diet. She imposed this diet on her children. The consequences of that decision lead to serious health issues for her children; it also lead to criminal charges: 2012 ONSC 4346.

TT is the biological mother of 3 children, born between 2005 and 2009. In 2008 TT adopted a raw vegan diet for the family. This diet "mandated not consuming animal or animal by-products, including eggs, milk and cheese" [para 3]. As such TT "fed her children only raw vegetable, sprouted rice, fruit, nuts, coconut water, herbal tonics and supplements.

Their feeding was highly regimented and TT strictly controlled portion size. She did not seek medical advice on the appropriateness of the raw vegan diet for infants and small children.  Further, the children did not have a family doctor, nor did they have immunizations” [para 3].

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