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Reasons Another Teen Becomes a Vegetarian

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CLASSROOM VOICES LETTERS FROM SCHOOL CHILDREN

Classroom Voices

--Jennie Weer, Hammond, Ind.

January 31, 2009

No more meat

I'm 14 years old. On Oct. 23, 2008, I turned vegetarian. I was reading a magazine by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals when I read what cows and pigs go through at factory farms. They get whipped, sworn at and abused. Their teeth get pulled out while they're still alive and with no pain-killers.

Later that day, I was reading an article on the PETA Web site about chickens. Their beaks get cut off, taking skin with them. They are still alive, with no pain-killers.

That happens to them before they are thrown into grinders alive.

When you buy packaged chicken meat, you'll probably find feathers, even though the chickens are dipped into scalding-hot water alive to get the feathers off.

So you are eating a dirty animal that suffered.

Since October, I've been drinking soy milk, eating protein (nuts, especially!) and having meatless meals. I've never felt better!

I learned later that too much meat is bad for your heart and causes serious medical conditions.

I'd love to encourage everyone to think of animals this year--to be more healthy and cruelty-free.

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