Submitted by Zoë
I became a vegetarian when I was nine years old. I remember the day well because it was my brother’s sixteenth birthday and he’d decided that day to give up eating meat.
My mum and my sister were already vegetarians, so I definitely didn’t want to be left out! It’s now been a dozen years and I can’t imagine ever eating meat again.
Sometimes meat eaters tell me that they could never give it up because of family traditions like the Christmas roast, but my family has made new traditions like finding great vegetarian recipes and substitutes for each other to try.
I actually think I’d feel disconnected from my family in some way if I started eating meat again!