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Being a Vegetarian by Caroline W.

Being a vegetarian

by Caroline W.

Did you know that 56 billion farm animals are killed each year by humans for food? That number does not even include seafood, which is a much bigger number. People say that it is just part of nature for animals to kill other animals for food. But 56 billion animals is a number that is way too big. Humans have other choices. We don’t have to kill animals for food. We have other ways of getting our food like eating vegetables and fruits, and grains, and, even eating dairy does not kill animals.

The average American eats 2,147 chickens in their lifetime. That is 2,147 chickens who had to have a terrible life, then they had to die to feed one person. You will kill 2,147 chickens and 71 turkeys by the time you die!

For people who are vegetarian, even just for a little while, those numbers are less. That means less animals that were just living their lives, then had to die. 3.2% or 7.3 million adults in the United States are vegetarian. 3% of eight to eighteen year olds are vegetarian.

This Fall, my sisters and I decided to be vegetarian. At first, I thought that it would be hard, but once I stopped eating meat, it was not actually that hard. In the two months that we have been vegetarian, me and my sisters have saved 13 chickens that we would have eaten if we were not vegetarians. Occasionally, we still eat meat, sometimes we do not have another choice. I think that being a vegetarian is not too hard and definitely worth it, you should try it too!

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