Kids Opinion

Should Everyone Become a Vegetarian?

Raymond Qiu

Yum, a feast is going on.  As a vegetarian, you create a delicious meal avoiding meats.  This helps avoid much endangerment, brutal killing, and starvation, which could lead to global warming, and even life endangerment.  Many restaurants are promoting becoming vegetarian by creating meatless menus.  But unless due to religious or health issues, should we all become vegetarian?

When you eat something that can grow back, such as an orange, it is not called killing. I hope your chicken legs grow back once you eat them.  But in many ways, killing is part of life.  Tigers sink their teeth into antelope after a long chase.  And I don’t even want to explain the blood loss.  But why don’t those meat-eaters become vegetarian?  They’ve already adapted to their lifestyle, like us.

There is still protein in some alternatives for meat, such as beans and tofu.  In spite of the fact that they include many other kinds of nutrients, there are some downsides to these foods.  Did you know that it takes 10 servings of beans to match the protein of one rib stack?  Your stomach is not a warehouse.  It can only store so much food.  Why stuff it with beans and an apple when you can eat just a piece of steak, a bowl of soup, Caesar salad, and a slice of French toast?  This will set a healthier meal, and allow you to find your way through a larger variety of foods.

One theory suggests that if everyone becomes vegetarian, it may provide enough food for the world to end hunger.  But there is also the possibility of killing or eating too many plants, and destroying the balance of the food web.  Therefore, being an omnivore is beneficial to the environment, as it will maintain our health and the health of animals across the world.

Yes, animal population loss is seen.  It hurts to see cattle overfed then sent to the slaughter house’s guillotine to behead the oxen.  But the way to solve this isn’t to have everyone quit eating meat.  Many ways such as controlled hunting, less habitat destruction, and decreased pollution will all help save the animals.  And through killing… perhaps it can be done in less bloody ways.

fried8 (1)Being a vegetarian isn’t a bad thing, but I highly reject having everyone become a vegetarian.  Although it may be a peaceful way to eat and protects the environment, I believe the fact that meat-eaters can still find a nature-friendly way outweighs the pros of being vegetarian.  And finally, there are ways to prevent too much animal death.  This way, killing one cow will not endanger the food web.  In my opinion, if you want to eat it, then eat it.  If you are a vegetarian for no good reason, I hope you’ve been convinced to ask your neighbour for that strip of bacon now.

Katie Wang

I personally think that it is up to you whether you want to become a vegetarian or not, so I will not use this paragraph to force you to become a vegetarian. Instead, I shall list the advantages and disadvantages of being a vegetarian, so you will have the knowledge to make the decision yourself.

There are many great things about being a vegetarian. Being a vegetarian is actually really good for your health. A vegetarian diet is naturally low in fat and high in fibre. It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and helps prevent heart disease and colon cancer.
Although there are a lot of good things that fruits and vegetables can do for your body, there are also some problems, especially for vegans (vegetarians who don’t eat anything animal-related, including milk, eggs, etc.) Most vegetarians lack vitamins and minerals such as protein, vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, and riboflavin.
Of course, most people that become vegetarians do so because they feel bad for the animals that are being slaughtered. This contributes to the vegetarian cause to respect animals, and reduce your carbon footprint on the environment which helps the entire globe.
It can be rather inconvenient sometimes, especially if it’s not because of your religion, and your friends and family members eat meat. For example, if your family decides to do a lasagna dinner, then you would have to make a vegetarian one just for you.

It can also be a little hard if you are a heavy meat-eater and you want to become a vegetarian. I am not a vegetarian myself, and I find that becoming a vegetarian is an unreachable goal for me. If you are finding it difficult as well, you could take baby steps to becoming a vegetarian. For example, my brother felt bad for these animals as well, so as a challenge, he was a pescetarian (someone who doesn’t eat meat but eats fish) for three months.

Hopefully this helped you make your decision, or at least made you think about changing your diet in some way to make the best out of it!

Michelle Zhou

“Vegetarians can save animals! You’re not eating their meat, isn’t that good for them,  not to kill them? Animal cruelty is bad!” That’s what they say, but is that true?

I am going to prove that with everyone being a vegetarian, it may not save the planet, but hurt the animals as well.

healthy-food5If no one eats meat, we will need a lot more plants to eat. Mass production of plants is the same as mass poultry production. Industrial agriculture needs huge fresh water resources to water the fields. The harmful chemical ingredients in the pesticides can pollute the water. This agricultural run-off can destroy the ecosystems, hurting both animals and humans. So unless, we find a safe way to grow vegetables fast and easy, becoming vegetarians might not be the best option.

Also, for me, I would miss that sweet, fat, juicy taste of lamb chops.

Meet the writers

Raymond Qiu

Raymond Qiu

Hi there! My name is Raymond Qiu. I’m 11 years old. My favorite sports are swimming, skiing, and volleyball. I also enjoy playing Chess and Lego with my friends. On the breaks, I love to travel to cool destinations to take pictures and enjoy the delicious food. When I’m tired of homework, I like to create random pieces on the piano and be my own audience. I admire those who can speak many different languages, and I wish I could learn more too. This great skill can help me communicate and make friends when I travel, and also support me become a businessman with a global business in the future. Let’s start from VoiceK.

Katie Wang

Katie Wang

​Hi, my name is Katie Wang and I am 12 years old. I was born in Scarborough, Toronto on January 7th 2003. I currently attend Tomken Road Middle School. I love to play soccer, build Lego, and do anything related to art. My favourite colour is orange and some of my favourite foods are noodles, lasagna, pizza, and oranges. I really enjoy writing (like writing essays and stuff not actually the action) and journalism and that is why I joined Voice K. And… that’s all you need to know about me! :D

Michelle Zhou

Michelle Zhou

Hello. My name is Michelle. I am currently in grade four. I go to Silver Stream Public School. I enjoy reading comics and writing short stories from the top of my brain. I have an identical twin sister named Amelie. I like doodling, skiing, making myself dizzy, and doing handstands under the water. I like experimenting with computers, but I get into trouble. The only successful pets I have now are two nine-year-old fish without names. If you were to put me into one of the categories, Girl or Tomboy, I have one half here, and one half there. I will do almost ANYTHING possible to continue sleeping in most cases. That is all you need to know about me.

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