Do children deserve to know the truth?
Although I’m not a parent, I have many children in my life, ranging in age from 2-15 years. Excepting one child who is egg free (due to an allergy), all of them regularly consume animals and animal secretions (milk, eggs, and honey). Although, with the exception of the two youngest, they all know that their pork is a dead pig, their eggs come from chickens, and their milk comes from cows, none of them have a clue about the cruel treatment of the animals that they regularly consume. For one reason or another, they’ve been shielded from the truth.
I’m of the opinion that children deverve to know the truth and shouldn’t be lied to. I’m of the opinion that withholding the truth (i.e. not saying anything at all, no matter how relevant) is tantamount to lying. I am of the opinion that, so long as something directly effects a person’s life, that person deserves to know what they are consuming and supporting; i.e. what kind of effect their choices have on themselves and others.
On the other hand, many people feel it’s wrong to tell children about animal cruelty, especially if their parents support animal cruelty themselves. People say that such information might scar children or make them want to become vegan - a decision that might make their parents uncomfortable.
What do you think? Do children deserve to know the truth about their eggs, milk, chicken, and tuna? Or is it only acceptable for them to hear it from their parents (who probably won’t tell them until they decide to go vegan themselves, which might never happen)?