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What would 7 year old you say?

What would 7 year old you say?

Posted 9 February 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: vegetarian, vegan why veg

I want to do a little experiment. I'm hoping you'll help me out ...

Think back to the first time you were asked whether or not you wanted to eat animals ...

Have you got one? 

I don't know about you, but I'm coming up with nothing. I was never asked.

As kids we do as we're told. We don't really get a choice. (Maybe because when we do get a choice, this is what happens ... )

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#fashun

While we mightn't have the best ideas about fashion when we're younger, (those yellow pants though), I believe there's something that kids understand that often gets lost ... or pushed aside ...

One of my favourite quotes is, "You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car." (Harvey Diamond)

I reckon I'm about 7 years old in this picture. If I imagine myself sitting down with the 7 year old in that picture, and explaining to her that the animals we call 'food' are no different to her bunny rabbit Peter or her dog Chelsea, and telling her that she had a choice to make ... I know with 100% certainty the choice she would've made. She would have stopped eating animals that very day.

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(Image thanks to our friends at Mercy for Animals.)

I'd like to challenge you to have that conversation with 7 year old you right now. Let them make the choice they were never given the opportunity to make ...

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These are my sisters Hannah (left) and Tilly (right) at around 4 and 5 years old. (With the ever adorbs Chelsea dog.) At around this time we got a postcard from my Aunty in India who said that she'd been eating a lot of chickpeas. Tilly burst into tears. We eventually worked out that she'd got chickpeas mixed up with chimpanzees in her head. Tilly stopped eating animals at 17 and Hannah at 16. They both love chickpeas.

Sometimes I struggle with words like vegan or vegetarian. Those labels make it sound like I'm doing something or being something. But I'm not being anything. I'm just being me. And I am a person who doesn't eat animals. Always was. Even when I was eating animals I was a person who doesn't eat animals ... I just didn't know I had a choice yet.

We have a choice about our religious beliefs. We have a choice about who we love. We have a choice about what football team we support. And we have a choice about what, or who, we eat.

Growing up, our biggest influencers are our parents. If I had never realised that it was me who had to make choices for me, I might be a straight, meat-eating Sydney Roosters supporter right now. I can proudly say that I am none of those things.

We can't go back in time. But what we can do, starting from now, is whenever we notice ourselves doing something, or thinking a certain way just because it's what we've always done, or what our family has always done, or what society has always done ... that we stop ... think about it ... and make a choice ... the choice that makes sense to the person you already are.

Can you imagine what a different place the world could be if everyone did this? Are you willing to give it a try? Start with the question you asked your 7 year old self today ... are you a person who eats animals? Or are you a person who doesn't eat animals?

If you come to the conclusion that like me, you're a person who doesn't eat animals and just hadn't made the choice yet, firstly, yay :D and secondly we have everything you need to know about making the switch right here.

Thank you for taking part in my experiment. Before I go, I'm just going to leave 3 year old Luiz here ... who was about 17 years quicker than me to realise that he had a choice ...

P.S. Have you watched Lyn White's talk yet? It really got me thinking about how we have inherited our choices ... but that we don't have to! See what you think.

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