A VEGETARIAN couple on the Greek island of Crete has been barred from adopting a child because of doubts about their diet, a local social welfare official said today.
The decision was taken because the would-be adoptive parents, who have gone to court to overturn it, eat no meat or fish and officials feared this regimen would be applied to the child as well.
"We asked the University of Crete medical school on the issue and they said the child's diet must include meat, fish, etc," the head of the city's welfare services, Spyros Epitropakis, said.
"We do not discriminate but we were obliged to check this out. The issue is now in the hands of the judicial authorities," he said.
The university expert whose recommendation was used by the welfare services to reject the application has labeled the affair "unreasonable."