The Vegetarian Resource Group Blog


Posted on October 07, 2014 by The VRG Blog Editor

Thank you to a Vegetarian Resource Group member who has helped us award an additional college scholarship. See past winners in previous Vegetarian Journals or online at

When she was previously turning 18 (she is now older), Laura McGuiness from California wrote:

I have always adored animals. After reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, specifically the chapter on how the animals were treated in the slaughter houses, my compassion for animals prompted my decision to become a vegetarian. As a ten year old, my mother did not take me seriously. Nearing my eighteenth birthday, I have been a vegetarian for the past seven and a half years.

I decided to begin volunteer work with an organization committed to rehabilitating animals from the wild, to help educate others about the importance of treating animals humanely … My commitment to supporting wildlife has also overlapped my volunteer work with my school activities; as a vegetarian for the past seven years, I felt it necessary to create the James Lick Garden Restoration Program to teach fellow students how to maintain a healthy vegetarian diet that respects animal life. I enjoyed watching the kids get excited about their plants and go around trying all the fruits and vegetables they had grown. Watching people who had previously scowled at the thought of vegetarian food realize that vegetables can actually be good was extremely rewarding to me. During high school, I started adding vegetarian sidebars to my holiday columns of the school newspaper. Instead of talking about the traditional Christmas ham or the Thanksgiving turkey I gave other advice. Eager to introduce others to my diets, I started bringing in vegetarian food: matzo ball soup, vegetarian marshmallows, brownies, vegetarian bacon, falafels, tuna noodle casserole without the tuna…

Writing is my second passion. I love to read and write. Literature is a part of my life I could never live without. And I know that I could use my gift of literature to teach others about the importance of my first passion, animal rights. Reaching these goals would be my ideas of the perfect life.

Laura is now attending the University of California at Berkeley and volunteering writing and editing for The Vegetarian Resource Group.

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