Vegetarian Journal’s 2012 Essay Contest Winner


By Colin Vineberg, 7 yrs

My name is Colin and I am 7 years old. I have been a vegetarian since I was born. I am a vegetarian because my daddy is one also. He gives me the choice to eat meat or not to but I choose not to. I don’t eat meat for many reasons. I don’t like getting hurt and I do not want to hurt any animals. Why would you want to eat something that you have to hurt first? My daddy also showed me papers and articles about how meat can hurt our bodies. Meat can cause you to get sick and I want to be healthy. Eating natural foods makes me feel like I have lots of energy and can do well in school. I don’t understand why kids eat so much candy when strawberries and broccoli taste better. I just love fruits and vegetables. They are yummy not yucky. People should try to eat less meat. It is good to try new things. I want to be a vegetarian for my whole life and hope more people do also.