Most children have to be taught that harming animals is acceptable. Vegans are people that have "unlearned" the notion that humans have the right to own and objectify, enslave, exploit, and be violent to other species of animals. Understanding the vegan ethic is easy for "un-adult-erated" people to grasp. We can make 'speciesism' history, as well as racism, sexism, ageism, violence, anti-semitism and all unjust discrimination; taught and learned perceptions. Children's books portraying mainstream consciousness, teach children on one hand to love animal characters. On the other hand, in the very same story, they go to a hamburger joint and order a milkshake and burger along with their animal friend characters. We literally were programmed with this irrational duality. This early indoctrination develops into the commonplace disconnect we see in non-vegan humans. When I learned people ate animals, at age 12, I was shocked. Animals were my friends.
Children don't want to harm animals, generally speaking - and especially if they are reared with those values. Impart the vegan ethic to all children - and then we will, at long last, know Peace on Earth. None of us can be a perfect vegan, but we can try our best not to literally fund animal use; a worthwhile endeavor to rise above a world of insane proportions of violence, oppression and slavery. Stop literally living off violence, cruel exploitation and wrongdoing to feeling beings. Find the innocent child within that sees animals as friends. First do no harm. A better world is within the realm of possibility. We must stop persecuting those who we perceive as pests or our personal property. Humans kill so easily. Teach children nonviolence; teach children the vegan way of life.
Teach children to become vegan adults.