I received this rather distressing email about a French baby who has been confiscated from his home because he has been brought up vegan. No other reason than that. This is a clear infringement of his and his parents human rights. Vegans have human rights you know! Please note I used Google translator to make this email English, it’s not perfect.
Joachim Paul, a small eight month old baby, was abducted for more than nine weeks his parents and placed in the Social Assistance Fund (ex-DDASSs) of Vaucluse.
The only criticism of the parents is that his mother does not eat animal products, and did not accept her child vaccines that were not required!
The lawyer Ludot Master in charge of the case, testified in the newspaper La Provence on July 17, 2013:
“In this case, the only complaint that the mother is that it is vegan and she refuses to vaccinate their children if not for mandatory vaccinations … “(1)
I said that Joachim was bottle fed, and the food choices so his mother could not have consequences for his health. His father, meanwhile, eats everything.
We are in contact with parents who are overwhelmed with pain. They love their children and move heaven and earth to get it. All their neighbors and friends rallied to their side. They created a support group, a website, a Facebook group …
But nothing is so far: in the absence of a massive mobilization of public opinion, the French government remains deaf to their calls. It leaves little Joachim wither, deprived of her parents. It has now stopped smiling. The effects of this removal will soon be irreversible …
That is why I ask you to sign and sign massively around you that the petition can be found here (clickable link) to obtain the immediate release of Joachim.
Do it for the little boy and his family, but it also made for a principle, namely the freedom to feed and care for themselves as they wish, in accordance with the laws.
A clear violation of Human Rights
It is unacceptable to be allowed in a country like France, the country of Human Rights, to discriminate and stigmatize people on the basis of their diet and their health practices.
It is time to overcome the prejudices that affect those who have chosen a different path than the recommendations of the pharmaceutical and food industry.
How that little was removed to his parents is so outrageous that I started not to believe me when you told it. I imagined indeed that such violence existed only in police dictatorships, not in France.
This is the result of a routine visit to the doctor that these parents were viciously denounced to the authorities. Then they fed their children properly, with rice milk formula suitable for their age, they found that more magnified by the normal growth curves.
They went to see, in perfectly normal time. But they were sent to the hospital where a doctor obviously hostile erroneously stated that the child was in severe malnutrition and dehydration, so he had examined a few seconds.
In fact, it appeared he had a mere prejudice against the diet of the mother. This while the child was bottle fed, and the plan of his mother could have no influence on him!
Never mind: the medical team took the pretext that parents Joachim fed with infant milk bottles with rice and did not want the non-mandatory vaccines for pretending to be dangerous lunatics.
This is a typical example of the medical obscurantism that is spreading among us: rice milk formula is fully compliant with the law and it is suitable for feeding a child of that age. This is also a product sold in pharmacies, and recommended for children who can not digest cow’s milk well. Every parent has the right to give her children, to reduce the risk of allergy. In addition, every parent has the right to refuse that administers vaccines to the children who are not required. Imposing otherwise is a violation of their fundamental rights.
Expertise give reason for parents
The diagnosis of child undernutrition has also been denied by the following expertise. The lawyer asked the Master Ludot judge to proceed with the psychological and psychiatric expertise of parents who are “perfectly normal people who have nothing to fear.”
But the Administration, who will not acknowledge his mistake, has not budged. Joachim, snatched from his home for more than nine weeks, full suffering in a home and has a serious psychological regression.
All psychiatrists, but all parents know that permanently deprive a little of his father and his mother is a terrible violence. Therein lies the real abuse.
The lawyer Me Ludot warned that “Taking” would come when perpetrators will face up to their responsibilities.
But in the middle of August, judges, doctors and social workers pass the buck. Everyone opens the umbrella and nobody has the courage to acknowledge the error.
What YOU can do
Concretely, this means that Joachim trapped. His ordeal and that of his parents could last weeks or months, if not product a huge mobilization of public opinion.
That’s why I really hope that you will sign and sign the petition (clickable link).
The nutritionist Jérôme Bernard-Pellet, Health Center at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre Defense issued a medical certificate in which he spelled out that:
“Is not found in the arguments that support the thesis of an abuse of parents medical records, or an inability of the latter to look after their son Joachim PAUL. “(2)
According to the report of the hospital Dr Violaine Bresson, who examined the child, he had an excellent contact inconsistent with the attitude of a child suffering a lack of care. It further indicates having “made an organic balance that does not exist for the moment deficiency.” (3)
Dr. Bosdure, Timone hospital practitioner (parents’) in the unit of infant medicine Pr Chabrol had also stated in a letter to Deputy Attorney Soriano he seemed quite rushed and detrimental to consider the placement of Joachim. (4)
But to no avail: in the absence of mobilization of public opinion, Joachim remains trapped services “protection” of childhood.
That is why I ask you to sign the petition here to the Minister of Social Affairs Marisol Touraine. This is to support the family of Joachim requiring intervention in high places for his release as soon as possible.
Help parents Joachim out of this heinous nightmare. Sign the attached petition and circulate it everywhere around you.
This case recalls the darkest hours of our history
Please do not let my message without reacting.
Sign, sign the petition and made attached around you. Help us to free Joachim.
If you have time, take if you please know all the details of the case, which are reported below.
This case is particularly disturbing because it shows how our social and health system is crazy. It crushes the innocent. Read the paperwork parents coldly announcing the vile persecution that have been decided against them, it’s like back in the darkest hours of our history!
Thank you not to ignore what is happening in our country.
President of the IPSN
2. see document cited in the previous footnote.
3. See the chronology of events, Wednesday, May 22, 2013: appointment here on this page
4. Link to the website of the Committee to support parents Joachim go here (clickable link)
Site parents Joachim go here (clickable link)
If you’re outraged sign the petition…
France hates vegans
There seems to be a lot of discrimination in France against vegans. A conversation on twitter with a vegan in France came up with this tweet when I asked if the French didn’t like vegans
@epicMA they are anti vegan & make laws to make it harder by banning the availability of vegan meals in schools, hospitals, prisons etc.
— Vegan in France (@veganinfrance) August 28, 2013
I’m stunned… what happened to liberté, égalité, fraternité = liberty, equality, fraternity?
I posted this blog post to a wordpress.com site and got the following comment from the poor lady at the centre of this issue
Hi there, thanks for sharing the horrible story of my son. He’s been prisoner for 104 days right now, and nobody wants to care about his psychological, affective health…
Btw, he was not really vegan, he was five months old when this case began, and he was only drinking milk (milk we bought in drugstores, so…) Nothing to do with a vegan diet, which is only mine. I am the only one they want to bash, I “bother” with my values… Sad, sad France…
SO it seems that the actual issue is worse than I’d thought. Even worse. The issue is not with the treatment of the baby as such but with the mother being vegan. So is it the future treatment once the baby is weaned that’s the issue? Difficult to decipher. Whatever the issue it is founded on dodgy ground.