- All vegetarians* are required to register with their local authorities, and inform the authorities whenever they move house.
- Vegetarians must be visited annually by an inspector (usually a former employee of the meat industry), who will assess their dietary plans for the coming year against government standards.
- Inspectors have the right to interview children in vegetarian families, without their parents present, in order to find out whether the children are safe and well, and ask them if they are happy to be living on a vegetarian diet.
No need to use your imagination - this is reality.
These are measures actually being proposed by the British government, not for vegetarians but for people in England who make the lawful choice to educate their children outside the school system.
The proposed heavy-handed system of registration, monitoring and inspection will cost millions of pounds to implement. Money which will be diverted from providing services for families who actually need and want help. If you are looking for a needle in a haystack, don't make the haystack bigger!
If home educators can be treated this way, who will be next?
Would you be happy for your child to be questioned alone by a government official they do not know, when there is no reason to suppose any crime has been committed?
Do you trust the government to keep safe the personal data of thousands of families?
To bring in this system, the government is proposing to change the law. We have a short time in which to raise our voices and object.
What you can do:
- Respond to the DCSF consultation at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1643&external=no
- Write to your MP
- Write to local and national newspapers
- Tell your friends - pass this message on by email, blog it, photocopy it
*or people who don't drive/people who use homeopathy/smokers/people who don't have a television/any other group of people exercising their lawful right to make a minority choice