An Indian publisher is drawing criticism for a school textbook that says meat eaters “easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises … and commit sex crimes.”
“New Healthway,” a health and hygiene textbook published by S Chand for 11- and 12-year-olds, includes a chapter titled “Do We Need Flesh Food?” the BBC reported Friday.
The book says “some of the characteristics” of non-vegetarians are that “they easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes.”
The publisher has declined comment. The government won’t touch it. The claims are religiously based in the story of Adam and Eve who had just fruits, nuts and vegetables to eat.
This piece also notes that some of the claims are, frankly, racist, speaking ill of Eskimos and Arabs.
These ideas are ludicrous. While I’ll not get into the choices regarding eating meat or not, humans are well-equipped to eat meat. Some choose not to for various reasons. But this reason, that meat eaters are evil, is probably the worst excuse I’ve ever heard. I’m not clear on the context of such a book. It could be a small circulation or just in certain schools.