Children and morality
What do vegetarian children seem to have in common that
non-vegetarian children don’t seem to have? Moral reasons around what
they eat. In a research study involving 45 children ages six to ten (a
mix of vegetarians from vegetarian homes, vegetarians from meat-eating
homes, and non-vegetarians) Harvard Graduate School of Education
doctoral student Karen Hussar has found that for most of the children
who became vegetarian, the decision had more to do with morals (e.g.,
empathy) than with personal choice (e.g., food preference or health).
Another very interesting finding is that vegetarian children do not seem
to judge as bad those children who chose to eat meat; however, they
judge harshly those children who once refrained from eating animals and
later broke their commitment.
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