To the little boy struggling with his decision, I’ve been there.
There will come a time where your child looks at their plate of food that you’ve slaved over and asks, “Where does chops/steak/wings come from?”.
And your answer and how they take it will possibly leave you in the same dilemma this little boy’s family is in.
On the podcast The American Life, mum Rachel has a 7-year-old son Elias who discovered that the steak on your plate doesn’t, in fact, come from dead animals on the side of the road, but are killed. Ever since his discovery of the harsh world, he has gone vegetarian.
But, his 5-year-old brother Theo is a meat-lover through and through.
Elias CAN NOT STAND IT when Theo eats meat or when anyone else eats meat. He gets sickened. He gets teary at the thought. And well, now no one in the home can have any kind of meat on their plate.
I’ve been vegetarian for 20 years (since I was 12) and vegan for the last 4 years. As someone who has been through it all, I have some advice for Elias on, what I know from personal experience, will be a hard journey.
And to all those parents with those "annoying kids" who would rather eat their veggies than their meat...I hope my advice below will help you too.
I hear you are a lover of animals. I hear you decided to stop eating animals when you found out how people treat them before and during their death.
Me too. I never knew people could be so cruel to harmless animals when they were alive and then how little respect they gave them as they slaughtered them.
But hear this, you're going against the norm. People have been eating meat for many thousands of years. We've been brought up to believe that we are omnivores, the type of mammal that can only survive by eating meat and vegetables.
So you are going to get a lot of people telling you that what you are doing is wrong. They are going to throw argument after argument at you telling you how stupid you are for sticking with a decision that you believe in with all your heart. You will get mad, you will get emotional but no matter what you say, they won't listen when you argue back. I know it's not fair, and it's incredibly hard to deal with, but that's how it is going to play out.